June 29, 2021
- Calling on the international community to take decisive action against the Houthis, the UAE said any threat to Saudi Arabia is considered a threat to the security and stability of the UAE
File – A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018. Photo: Reuters
By Arab News
JEDDAH – Saudi Arabia’s regional allies on Monday strongly condemned the continued Houthi attacks on the Kingdom targeting civilians and strategic infrastructure.
They called on the international community to take immediate notice of the situation and help prevent further attacks on the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercepted and destroyed six explosive-laden drones and four ballistic missiles launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward the Kingdom’s southern region within 48 hours, state TV reported on Sunday.
The Arab coalition said the drones and missiles were targeting the city of Khamis Mushayt.
The coalition said that the Houthi militia deliberately targets civilians and civilian objects, adding that it is taking operational measures to protect civilians and deal with any threat.
The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, said these attacks pose a challenge to the international community and are a rejection of all efforts aimed at achieving peace in Yemen.
Al-Hajraf commended the coalition forces and Saudi air force for moving swiftly for the protection of civilian lives and properties.
Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen Saleh also condemned all terrorist and criminal attempts of the Iranian-backed Houthis.
He praised the Arab coalition’s role in supporting Yemen.
In a strongly worded statement, Kuwait said the continued Houthi attacks undermine international efforts to find a political solution to end the conflict in Yemen.
It urged the international community to take swift action to stop the Iranian-backed group from violating international law.
The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said these actions against Saudi Arabia are aimed at destabilizing the entire region.
The ministry expressed Kuwait’s full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in all measures it takes to ensure its security and stability.
Calling on the international community to take decisive action against the Houthis, the UAE said any threat to Saudi Arabia is considered a threat to the security and stability of the UAE.
It said these Houthi attacks not only threaten Saudi Arabia but also pose a grave challenge to the security of global energy supplies and the economy.
Alawi Al-Basha, head of the Human Rights Committee of the Arab Parliament, warned against the danger of aggravating the situation in Yemen in the wake of these terrorist attacks.
He also denounced the massacre committed by the Iranian-backed group in the Marib governorate in Yemen.
In a statement issued on Monday, he said the aggressive actions have become a hallmark of the terrorist group, which targets civilians in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
He called on the international and regional community to take firm legal measures to hold the Houthis accountable for these actions.