Houthi militia fires ballistic missile from Amran province in Yemen: Arab coalition

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the Iran-backed Houthis fired a missile that fell within Yemeni territory. (File photo/AFP)
Updated 24 September 2019

Houthi militia fires ballistic missile from Amran province in Yemen: Arab coalition

  • Al-Maliki said the missile fell was launched and fell within Yemeni territory

RIYADH: The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a ballistic ballistic missile from the province of Amran and fell in Saada, in Yemen, the hArab coalition fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government.
In a statement on SPA, Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the missile was launched on Tuesday afternoon from the Harf Sufyan directorate, a civilian site.
Col. Al-Maliki said that the Houthi militia continues to violate international humanitarian law and its customary rules by firing ballistic missiles, which indiscriminately fall on civilians and and their direct impact on populated centers threatens the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians inside Yemen.
He added that the coalition’s joint forces continue to take strict and deterrent measures to neutralize and destroy these ballistic capabilities to protect the Yemeni people and to regional and international security.


US State Department sanctions top IRGC general for crackdown on protesters

Updated 17 January 2020

US State Department sanctions top IRGC general for crackdown on protesters

  • Hook praised the UK and its decision to classify Lebanon's Hezbollah as terrorist group
  • Hook also said that US sanctions were working

WASHINGTON: The US Department of State imposed sanctions on Friday on a leading Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps general following Iran’s crackdown on protesters, US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook said.

“The United States is listing IRGC Brig. Gen. Hassan Shavapor under Section 7031c, visa sanctions,” Hook told reporters.

“General Shavapor committed gross violations of human rights against protesters at the press briefing. He oversaw the massacre of 148 helpless Iranians in the Mashar region last November,” he said.

His press statement came after Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made comments about the day Tehran hit US bases in Iraq with missiles in response to the killing of the country’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani, calling it “a day of God.”

He also said that the killing of Soleimani was a “disgrace” to the American administration and that the attack showed the “terrorist nature” of Washington.

In response, Hook said: “The more Iran threatens the world, the more isolated it will become.”

Hook also said that US sanctions were working, citing Iran's president Hassan Rouhani admitting financial losses due to the sanctions and pointing toward Iran's "major banking crisis." 

He added: "We have succeeded in making the Iranian regime and whoever helps it pay a heavy price."

Also on Friday, Hook praised the UK and its decision to classify Lebanon's Hezbollah movement as a terrorist group.