WATCH: Saudi Air Defence shot down missiles heading for the capital Riyadh

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The THAAD system. Picture: US Army/Ralph Scott/Missile Defense Agency/US Department of Defense

The Royal Saudi Air Defence was forced to shoot down missiles which were headed for the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Huthi rebels were suspected of firing the missiles, on the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen.

There were no initial reports of casualties, and images of the successful intercepts were shared on social media:

The RSAD employs several anti-missile technologies, including Lockheed Martin’s THAAD system, and Raytheon’s MIM-104 Patriot.

Saudi state news channel Al-Akhbariya claimed the intercepts took place “northeast of Riyadh”.