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. 

 


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  • The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict
  • The Jordanian minister condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will open its embassy in Doha within days, after completing the necessary procedures, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in a joint press conference on Saturday with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Riyadh.
His comments follow the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signing of the Jan. 5 Al Ula agreement, which saw the reopening of the borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia..
The Saudi minister repeated the need to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian conflict.
From his side, Safadi said the relationship with Saudi Arabia was historical and strategic, adding that Jordan appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support to the country in facing economic challenges.
The minister also condemned the Houthi militia’s attempts to attack Saudi Arabia, and he said he rejected Iran's interference in the region’s affairs.
He added that Jordan agreed with Saudi Arabia in promoting joint action to face current challenges.
“We are working to develop our relationship with the GCC on the security, political and economic levels,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Safadi said.
He added that peace was an Arab strategic choice, and said that Jordan looked forward to working with the new US administration.