A Saudi-led coalition statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the ballistic missile had been fired from the northern Yemeni province of Saada towards the southern Saudi city of Najran. No casualties were reported.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said that at exactly 12:52 p.m. the coalition's air defense forces spotted the missile launched by the Iranian backed militant group, where it was intercepted and destroyed.
Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.
The spokesperson added that "this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime's continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia's security and any regional and international threats.
Al-Maliki also stressed that the firing of ballistic missiles towards densely populated cities and villages is contrary to international and humanitarian law.
Last week, the Saudi-led coalition announced that Saudi air defense forces had intercepted another ballistic missile launched by the Houthis towards the southwestern Saudi port city of Jazan from within Yemeni territory.
Earlier this month a five-year-old child was wounded when the rebels fired another rocket on Jazan province.
US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism
- The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations
WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.