Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercept a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Jazan

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Jazan. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 16 September 2018

Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercept a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Jazan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemen territory toward the Kingdom, according to Arab Coalition Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki.
“At exactly 4:49 p.m. local time (1:49 GMT) coalition air defense forces spotted the launch of a ballistic missile by the Houthi militia from within the province of Saada toward the Kingdom’s territory,” he said in a statement.
Col. Al-Maliki added that the missile was launched toward the southwestern city of Jazan and was launched to target civilian and populated areas.
He confirmed the air defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the missile with no casualties were reported.
“This hostile act by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the armed terrorist group in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and resolution 2231, aimed at threatening the security of Saudi Arabia, as well as regional and international security,” Al-Maliki said.
He added that firing ballistic missiles at populated towns and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law.
He pointed out that the total number of ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militi toward Saudi Arabia has so far reached 195 rockets, which resulted in the deaths of 112 citizens and residents, and wounded hundreds since the Houthi coup on Yemen’s legitimate government.
The coalition spokesperson stressed that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and those supporting them, who “smuggle these rockets into the Yemeni interior and then launch them indiscriminately at populated cities and terrorize citizens and residents of the Kingdom’s territory, will not escape impunity, and will be pursued until they receive their punishment.
He said, “these acts do not deter coalition forces but rather increase their determination to rid the Yemeni people of the Houthi militia and cut off their flagrant occupations.”
The total number of ballistic missiles fired by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward the Kingdom so far has reached 197, causing the deaths of 112 civilians and residents and injuring hundreds.


G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

Updated 22 September 2020

G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidency

RIYADH: The trade and investment ministers of the G20 nations met virtually on Tuesday under the presidency of Saudi Arabia to strengthen trade and investment cooperation.
The ministers agreed to continue cooperation to support the recovery of international trade and investment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They also agreed to support the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to which the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the WTO provides political support.
Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's minister of investment, said the collective G20 response to COVID-19 had started to deliver early signs of a “resilient, and stable economic recovery.”
“As policymakers, it is our duty to prioritize the most vulnerable in our societies, including micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Saudi Arabia stands ready to endorse the G20 policy guidelines for MSMEs,” Falih said.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Commerce Majid Al-Qasabi told the meeting that measures adopted by the G20 in May were “critical for sustaining the flow of essential goods and services across borders and limiting the human toll of the pandemic.”