Coalition forces intercept, destroy seven missiles fired toward Saudi Arabia

A still image taken from a video shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Riyadh’s King Khaled Airport on November 5, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

The spokesperson for the coalition forces fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen confirmed that air defense forces were able to intercept seven ballistic missiles that targeted Saudi territories from Yemen.

According to Col. Turki al-Maliki, three of the missiles were directed at Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh, which one missile each was fired toward Khamis Mushait and Najran. Two missiles were fired toward Jazan and was launched indiscriminately to target civilian areas and population.

A statement on Saudi Press Agency said all ballistic missiles were successfully intercepted and destroyed.

Fragments of some of the destroyed missiles landed on residential neighborhoods, according to preliminary sources of information.

At the time of publication, at least one Egyptian national is said to have died as a result of the attack on Sunday night.

Al-Maliki said that this hostile and indiscriminate action by the Houthi group backed by Iran proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime's support for the Houthi armed militia with qualitative capabilities in a clear and explicit challenge to the violation of UN resolution (2216) and resolution (2231) in order to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia.

It also threatens regional and international security, Maliki added, and that the firing of ballistic missiles towards populated cities and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law, stressing that the actions of the Houthi militia is a serious development in the war of terrorist organizations and those behind them of the state sponsors of terrorism such as Iran's regime.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:02 - GMT 11:02
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