France warns of ballistic proliferation after Houthis target Riyadh

A still image taken from a video distributed by Yemen's pro-Houthi Al Masirah station on November 5, 2017, shows what it says was the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Riyadh's King Khaled Airport. (Reuters)

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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55