Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthi militia towards Jazan

The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced that Saudi air defense forces had intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis towards the Kingdom from within Yemeni territory. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 02 September 2018

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 exactly 7:27pm local time (4:27 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 185 rockets.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.