RIYADH : Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile northeast of the capital Riyadh, state media reported.

“The missile was of limited size (and) no injuries or damage” were reported, state news channel Al-Ekhbariya said.

Saudi air defence forces were quoted by broadcaster Al-Arabiya as saying they intercepted the missile north-east of the capital. A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was launched at the airport. Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles before. State news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile was “of limited size” and no damage was caused.

A long-range ballistic missile was fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah reported. Yemen has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement. Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis.