Iran must be made accountable for ballistic missiles sent to Houthis, Saudi Arabia tells UN

File photo showing Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Abdullah Al-Moallimi. (SPA)
Updated 27 March 2018

Iran must be made accountable for ballistic missiles sent to Houthis, Saudi Arabia tells UN

NEW YORK: Iran should be made accountable for supplying Houthi militia ballistic missiles to target Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative at the UN Abdallah Al-Moallimi handed the official Saudi letter to the Secretary General of the UN and the presiding head of the Security Council for this month.
In the letter, Saudi Arabia demanded that UN Security Council acts responsibly to uphold international peace and stability, and apprehend Iran for supplying ballistic missiles to Yemen’s Houthi militia.
The Saudi complain letter coincide with a meeting to be held Tuesday between UN Secretary GeneralAntonio Guteres and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
The Saudi led coalition in Yemen displayed new evidence pertaining to Iran’s effort to smuggle missiles to the Houthi militia in Yemen.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s government said it sees in the continued attacks by Houthi militia a “clear Iranian involvement in supplying Houthi with advanced ballistic missiles in clear defiance of United Nations’ Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231.” This comes after Saudi Arabia air defense forces intercepted Sunday 7 ballistic missiles targeting Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.