Seven hurt in Houthi attack targeting Najran

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Saudi Arabian air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia from Yemen toward Najran on Thursday evening. (Reuters)
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Firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is contrary to international law. (SPA)
Updated 31 August 2018
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Seven hurt in Houthi attack targeting Najran

  • The missile was part of a flurry of attacks on the Kingdom in recent weeks
  • The Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen has repeatedly stressed the involvement of Iran

JEDDAH: JEDDAH: Seven people were hurt when debris from an intercepted missile fell on residential areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran, near the border with Yemen, on Thursday night.
The missile was launched from Saadah governorate of Yemen by Houthi militia and intercepted by Royal Saudi Air Defense forces, Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
Two Saudi women, two Bangladeshis and one Indian sustained minor injuries, he said.
“The hostile action taken by the Houthi forces proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting Houthi armed groups in clear defiance of UN Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231,” said Al-Maliki.
He condemned the firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages, which is contrary to international law.
The coalition has repeatedly stressed the involvement of Iran in supporting the Houthis, supplying the militia with missiles to threaten Saudi Arabia’s regional security.
Houthi aggression in recent months has led to a global outcry with a number of countries and organizations condemning the launch of ballistic missiles targeting the Kingdom.

 


Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

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Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

  • Four attackers were killed in failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on Interior Ministry building in Zulfi
  • The Presidency of State Security released identities of the 4 attackers

RIYADH: Thirteen people were arrested after finding plans to execute criminal acts that were targeting the Kingdom’s security, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
The statement published by SPA included the names of the 13 men arrested, in addition to their civil ID numbers.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Presidency of State Security said explosive belts were found during a raid on the house of the Zulfi attackers.
Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on an Interior Ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh on Sunday.
The four terrorists that were killed belonged to Daesh.
The Presidency of State Security released the identities of the four attackers: Abdullah Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Mansour, Samer Abdulaziz Al-Madid and Salman Abdulaziz Al-Madid.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts.
A total of five explosive belts were found, four of which were worn by the perpetrators, and another inside a car. The belts contain detonating keys and grenades with shrapnel-like screws.
Authorities also seized 64 homemade grenades, 61 pipe fittings, of which nine were being processed as pipe bombs, three mobile phones, three pressure cookers ready for detonation, two Kalashnikov machine guns, six pistols, and other various weapons.
They also found four bags (74,900 kg) containing organic fertilizers, along with sets of laboratory glass containers, a number of plastic containers, a package of liquid chemical containers, sulfur-fiber cartons, a homemade explosive detonator and a set of screws that were equipped with shrapnel.
Authorities also seized a set of ATM cards, two national identity cards, SR 228, a number of publications and CD-ROMs with content related to terrorist organization.
The Presidency of State Security said it is continuing to follow up with terrorist elements that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.