Iran-backed Houthis fire another missile at Saudi Arabia

Rebels in neighboring Yemen said they launched another rocket at Riyadh's al-Yamama palace.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - On Tuesday Patriot missiles whistled through the sky of Saudi capital of Riyadh and intercepted an incoming rocket.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen said they had launched the rocket at Riyadh's al-Yamama palace, where they claimed a meeting of Saudi leaders was taking place.

The rocket never reached its destination, the Saudi Arabian military said in a statement. No injuries or damages were reported.

Officials in Tehran support the Houthis but deny arming them.

Saudi Arabia and the U.S., on the other hand, blame Iran for rocket attacks like the one on Tuesday.

A Saudi military spokesman called the Tuesday failed attack a "hostile and indiscriminate action" that "proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime's support of the Houthi armed group."

Last week, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., presented the charred remains of what she claimed was an Iranian-made missile which was fired from Yemen toward Riyadh in November.

She said the remains proved that Iran was violating international laws regarding arms dealing.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's influential crown prince, said after that launch that Iran was guilty of a "direct military aggression" that could "constitute an act of war."

However, Iran denies the allegation and its foreign minister, Javad Zarif, then compared Haley to Colin Powell and his 2003 statement, as secretary of state, about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.

Before Haley, a top-ranking Air Force official in the Middle East claimed that the ballistic missile fired toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh was manufactured by Iran.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian said: "connects the dots" to Iran's role in the civil war in Yemen.

The crown prince said Iranian regime is at fault for "supplying its Houthi militias [in Yemen] with missiles," a claim that Iran refuses.

Iran sponsors Lebanese Hezbollah, the Shia militant and political group that holds tremendous sway in the Cabinet and as part of a pro-Syrian alliance in the Lebanese parliament, CNN said.

Saudi minister for Gulf affairs Thamer al-Sabhan also has equated Hezbollah with the Lebanese government, adding Hezbollah "has become a tool of death and destruction against Saudi Arabia and participates in all terrorist acts in the Kingdom," the minister claimed.

Saudi Arabia has waged a years-long military campaign in Yemen in support of the internationally-recognized government that was driven out of the capital by the Houthis.

"Who are the Houthi's and what are Hezbollah? They are subsidies of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubair said.

Diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been tense since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, though there have been occasional thaws between the two rivals.