Saudi air defenses thwart Houthi missile attack on Riyadh
Author: Mohammad Al-Sulami
JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense intercepted a ballistic missile fired at Riyadh by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen on Tuesday.
A Houthi spokesman said on Twitter that the militia had targeted the royal residence of Al-Yamama Palace in the Saudi capital.
A statement from the Saudi-led Arab Coalition for the support of the Legitimate Yemeni Government said, “The missile was intercepted by Saudi Patriot defense systems south of Riyadh, causing the debris to scatter.”
Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki Al-Malki said there were no injuries, damage or deaths caused by the attack.
“This aggressive and outrageous act by the Houthi militias is further proof of the involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting and supplying this terrorist group with weapons, which constitutes a clear challenge to and violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231, posing a threat to the security of the Kingdom as well as the region and the wider world,” Al-Maliki said.
The coalition spokesman added that targeting residential areas with missiles is a violation of international law. He called on the international community to take active measures to curb Iran's provision of arms to “terrorists and outlaws” in the region and to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its behavior.
On November 4, Royal Saudi Air Defense forces intercepted a missile fired by Houthi militias from inside Yemeni territory towards King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.
A UN Security Council-appointed panel confirmed that missile was manufactured in Iran, along with three other missiles fired from Yemen towards the Kingdom this year.
On Thursday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that America had “concrete proof” that Iran was providing the Houthis in Yemen with ballistic missiles in a direct violation of the international arms embargo on Yemen and the weapon-export ban imposed on Iran.
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