Saudi Arabia air defense intercepts Houthi missile targeting Jazan

Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Iran's backed Houthi militia over the southern Saudi Arabian city of Jazan. (ARASH KHAMOUSHI/AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia air defense intercepts Houthi missile targeting Jazan

RIYADH: Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi militia over the southern city of Jazan, said the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki announced that at 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Saudi air defense intercepted a ballistic missile launched within Yemeni territories toward the Kingdom’s territories. The missile was directed toward populated areas in Jazan province. 

“Such hostile and random acts carried out by the Houthi militia prove the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in the Yemeni war,” Al-Maliki said.

“Iran has been, and still is, supporting the armed militia by providing them with qualitative capabilities. This support comes as a clear and explicit defiance of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the Kingdom and regional and global security,” he added.


Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry displays Iranian drones, cruise missiles used in Aramco attacks

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Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry displays Iranian drones, cruise missiles used in Aramco attacks

  • Defense ministry spokesman says attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran
  • Investigations are still underway to pinpoint the exact launch location, but definitely not yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia displayed Iranian drones and cruise missiles that it said were used in an attack against Aramco facilities at the weekend.

The attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran but investigations are still underway to pinpoint the exact launch location, defense ministry spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said at a news conference in Riyadh.

However he said that the strikes came from the north and  definitely not come from Yemen, where Houthi militants claimed they had been launched from on Saturday. 

He said a total of 25 drones and missiles were launched at Khurais oil field and Abqaiq processing plant.  They included Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and “Ya Ali” cruise missiles. The same missiles have been used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, he said.

The defense ministry showed how many drones (UAV) and cruise missiles (LACM) hit each of the two Aramco sites on Saturday. (Screengrab)Caption

“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," he told a news conference. “The evidence ... that you have seen in front of you, makes this undeniable.”

Earlier, the Saudi ambassador to London said Iran was almost certainly behind the attacks on an oil processing facility and an oil field that cut the Kingdom’s oil production by half. 

The US has blamed Iran for the attacks and officials told Reuters that they originated in south-western Iran and involved cruise missiles and drones.

Iran-backed Houthi militants initially claimed they had carried out the attack from Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is part of a coalition supporting government forces fighting the militia. 

*With Reuters