Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

Batteries of the US-made Patriot anti-missile system in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 21 May 2019

Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

  • Arab Coalition says air targets flying over restricted areas were dealt with accordingly
  • Al-Arabiya said the missiles were heading toward Jeddah and Makkah, according to eyewitnesses

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down two ballistic missiles that Al-Arabiya reported were heading towards Jeddah and Makkah.

The forces "monitored air targets flying over restricted areas in Jeddah and Taif province, and were dealt with accordingly,"  Arab coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said.

Al-Arabiya said the missiles were heading toward Jeddah and Makkah, according to eyewitnesses. The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Bahrain strongly condemned the firing of the missiles, blaming Houthi militants in Yemen.

The Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched missiles towards Makkah.


Saudi Arabia issues SR20 banknote to mark G20 presidency

Updated 24 October 2020

Saudi Arabia issues SR20 banknote to mark G20 presidency

  • The new banknote will be put into circulation on Sunday
  • It will feature King Salman and the G20 Saudi summit logo on one side, and a world map on the other

LONDON: The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority said on Saturday it will release a new SR20 banknote to mark the Kingdom’s presidency of the G20 summit.
The new banknote will be put into circulation on Sunday, and will feature King Salman and the G20 Saudi summit logo on one side, with a world map highlighting G20 countries in a darker shade on the other.
The G20 summit will take place on Nov. 21–22, 2020 in Riyadh.