Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Saudi intercepts ballistic missile

Saudi intercepts ballistic missile

The Houthi rebels said on their Al Masirah television channel that they had fired two missiles at Saudi border provinces but there was no immediate mention of a second from the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting them since 2015.

Al-Maliki said that at 8 p.m. local time, the air defense forces detected the launch of a ballistic missile by the Iran-backed Houthis from Yemeni territories toward Saudi Arabia.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

"This hostile action by Iran-allied Houthi militias proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities in a clear and explicit defiance and violation of UN Resolutions No. 2216 and No. 2231 in order to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and the region", said Col. Al-Maliki.

The rebel faction that is in control of late has been lobbing missiles into Saudi Arabia targetting the holy cities and Riyadh.

It is aimed at threatening the security of Saudi Arabia, as well as regional and worldwide security.

He said they aimed at threatening the security of Saudi Arabia and threatening regional and global security and added that firing ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is contrary to worldwide humanitarian law.

He therefore called on the global community to take more serious and effective measures to halt blatant Iranian violations and its ongoing smuggling of arms and missiles to terrorists groups.

A report by a United Nations panel of experts earlier this month found Iran in violation of Security Council Resolution 2216, which imposed an arms embargo on rebel leader Abdulmalik Al Houthi.

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