6 Houthi missiles and a drone intercepted targeting Saudi Arabia

Sunday’s attack was latest in a recent spate launched by the Houthi militia. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 August 2019

6 Houthi missiles and a drone intercepted targeting Saudi Arabia

  • The ballistic missiles fired from Saada province were targeting Jazan city
  • The drone was fired from Sana'a and was targeting Khamis Mushayt

RIYADH: Six ballistic missiles fired from Yemen were intercepted on Sunday evening by the Arab coalition as they headed towards Jazan in south-west Saudi Arabia.

The missiles were launched by the “Houthi terrorist militia from Saada province in an attempt to target civilian and civilian installations in Jazan city,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

He accused the Houthis of carrying out “terrorist war crimes that violate international humanitarian law.”

Earlier on Sunday, the Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, state news agency SPA reported.

Col. Al-Maliki said the attacks reflect the size of the Houthi’s losses on the battlefield in Yemen as a result “of the continuing military operations deep inside Saada governorate.”

Saada is Yemen’s northern mountainous province that borders Saudi Arabia and is the Houthis main stronghold.

The drone attack targeting Khamis Mushayt, state was the second to on the city in recent days. The coalition said it was launched from the former Yemeni capital Sanaa, which the Houthis seized in 2014, to spark the conflict.

Earlier this month, 10 drones attacked the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border. The attack caused no injuries and did not disrupt operations, Saudi Arabia said.

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

Updated 17 September 2019

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

  • Bahraini King calls Saudi leadership

RIYADH: Condemnations of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the US pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both received calls from the King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to condemn the attacks at Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called the crown prince, who is also the defense minister, to affirm his country's full support for the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response,” with a statement from his ministry saying the “UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia.”

India also slammed the attacks and reiterated the country’s “rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Official Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General condemns Saturday's attacks on two Aramco oil plants.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified”.

— with SPA