Arab coalition destroys six Houthi drones, three missiles targeting Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition destroys six Houthi drones, three missiles targeting Saudi Arabia
Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 October 2020

Arab coalition destroys six Houthi drones, three missiles targeting Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition destroys six Houthi drones, three missiles targeting Saudi Arabia
  • Al-Maliki: The Houthi militia continue to target civilians and their hostile behaviour is against international law
  • The UAE and GCC condemned the Houthi attacks

RIYADH: The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed six armed Houthi drones targeting the Kingdom in a coordinated atack on Wednesday.

The drones targeted civilians and residential property, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. The coalition, he said, is taking steps to ensure people remain safe from Houthi attacks.

Later on Wednesday, the coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles targeting the Saudi cities of Jazan, Najran and Khamis Mushait. 

It also countered a hostile threat targeting civilians in the Kingdom by destroying two "targets in the air" launched by the Iran backed Houthis, Al-Ekhbariya reported. 

Al-Maliki said the Houthi militia's hostile behaviour is against international law.

The UAE condemned the Houthi attacks and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the strikes as a dangerous escalation.

The ministry added that it stands in solidarity with the Kingdom and supports any measures it takes to ensure the safety and security of its citizens and residents.

The ministry said that the security of both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are indivisible, and that any threat or danger facing the Kingdom is considered by the UAE as a threat to its own security and stability. 

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also condemned the attacks as a flagrant violation of international law that threatens the security of Gulf states. 

The GCC supports Saudi Arabia’s measures to protect its security and called on the international community to confront Houthi attempts to destabilize security in the region, Secretary-General Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf said. 

 


Saudi FM: Kingdom committed to resolving regional tensions

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Saudi FM: Kingdom committed to resolving regional tensions

Saudi FM: Kingdom committed to resolving regional tensions

Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that Saudi Arabia was committed to the “diplomatic resolution of regional tensions,” during the IISS Manama Dialogue on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia – along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – severed diplomatic ties with Doha in June 2017. They accused Qatar of supporting regional extremist organizations and terrorist groups, and want the country to change its policies as a condition for dialogue.

Saudi Arabia continues its commitment to “maintaining multilateral frameworks to tackle the challenges we face today,” the prince said during the dialogue discussions taking place in Bahrain.

 

In addressing regional security and stability, the minister also highlighted the Palestinian-Israel issue and the need to reach a deal.

“For Saudi, it is critical to get the Israelis and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. That is the only way to bring about lasting regional peace,” he said.