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France warns of ballistic proliferation after Houthis target Riyadh

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France’s foreign minister on Sunday said that a ballistic missile strike by Yemeni Houthi militias targeting Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh showed that there was a danger of wider ballistic proliferation across the region.

“France strongly condemns the ballistic missile strike claimed by Houthi rebels,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement. “It highlights once again the danger ballistic proliferation poses to the entire region.”

The Arab coalition on Sunday accused Yemen’s Houthi militia of a “dangerous escalation”, a day after Saudi air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the group towards the capital Riyadh.

“The Houthis’ dangerous escalation came because of Iranian support,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki in a press conference televised on state news channel Ekhbariya.

Rocket launch vehicles used to fire the missile were made in Iran, he said.