Arab Coalition: Attack on Riyadh ‘serious escalation’ by Houthis

Colonel Turki bin Saleh al-Maliki. (SPA)
Updated 21 December 2017
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Arab Coalition: Attack on Riyadh ‘serious escalation’ by Houthis

RIYADH: This week’s intercepted missile attack on Riyadh was “a serious escalation” by Iranian-armed Houthi militias, the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab Coalition said Wednesday. 
The attack “proves beyond any doubt the continued smuggling of weapons through relief outlets and exploitation of these outlets,” said Col. Turki bin Saleh Al-Maliki, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. “All these violations are contrary to international humanitarian law.” 
The coalition welcomed last week’s announcement of evidence that missiles fired at the Kingdom were Iranian-manufactured and smuggled to the Houthis, he added.
The international community has become increasingly aware of the seriousness of this “blatant interference from the Iranian regime and its control of many terrorist groups in different parts of the world,” Al-Maliki said.
“We welcome the condemnation of many fraternal and friendly countries,” including the US, UK and Germany, he added.
More than 85 percent of Yemen is under the control of the coalition-backed internationally recognized government, he said.
In the last three months, 11,326 Houthi fighters were killed and 6,730 weapons and equipment were destroyed, he added.


Houthis target Saudi civilian facility in Najran with explosives-laden drone

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis target Saudi civilian facility in Najran with explosives-laden drone

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.