Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia towards Jazan

Saudi air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militia from within Yemeni territory toward the Kingdom. (AFP)
Updated 03 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia towards Jazan

JEDDAH: Spokesperson for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that at 8:22 pm local time (5:22 pm GMT) Saudi air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militia from within Yemeni territory toward the Kingdom.
Al-Maliki explained that the missile were launched from Saada province toward the southwestern city of Jazan, and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas. 
“The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force succeeded in intercepting and destroying the missile, which did not result in any injuries,” he said.
Al-Maliki added that this hostile act by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the terrorist group in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and resolution 2231.
He noted the Houthi attacks are aimed at threatening the Kingdom’s security, as well as regional and international security and the firing of ballistic missiles at populated towns and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law.
The total number of ballistic missiles launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia so far has reached 186 rockets.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”