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Saudis shoot down missile aimed at royal palace

Saudi Arabia says it has shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the royal palace in Riyadh.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, spokesman for the rebel Houthi movement in Yemen, said that a meeting of Saudi leaders at the Yamama Palace had been targeted.

Saudi state television said it was intercepted just south of the city and no damage has been reported, but witnesses in the capital have posted images on social media of smoke billowing into the air.

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The attempted attack comes on the same day that the United Nations’ human rights office confirmed the deaths of 115 civilians and other non-combatants in Yemen as a result of airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led military coalition.

All of the killings between 6 December and 16 December in four northern provinces, with Yemen’s rebel-run TV station and a hospital among the targets.

Last month the Houthi rebels launched a missile towards Riyadh’s airport, which the US and Saudi Arabia said had been supplied by Iran.

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