Saudi Royal Air Defense Force Intercepts Seven Ballistic Missiles Launched from Yemen towards the Kingdom

Richard Cowley News and Events

The official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, confirmed that on 25th March 2018, the Saudi Royal Air Defence Force intercepted seven ballistic missiles launched by Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The missiles deliberately targeted populated, civilian areas with three fired towards Riyadh, two towards Jazan, one towards Khamis Mushait and one towards Najran.

Preliminary information reported the death of one man in Riyadh, after fragments from a destroyed missile fell in a residential neighbourhood.

Colonel al-Maliki said that this hostile and indiscriminate action proved the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities in a clear and blatant defiance of UN Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231, with the aim of threatening the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as regional and international security. He added that the launching of ballistic missiles towards populated cities and villages was a violation of international humanitarian law and stressed that the most recent actions of the Houthi militia were a serious development in the war against terrorist organisations and those states that sponsor terrorism, notably Iran.