JEDDAH: Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has condemned the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attempts to attack civilians on Saudi soil.
On Thursday, the Coalition Forces said they had intercepted and destroyed five unmanned booby-trapped drones released by the Houthis towards the Kingdom.
Al-Othaimeen reiterated that the OIC supports and endorses all steps taken by the coalition and by Yemen’s legitimate government to stop the Houthi militia’s terrorist crimes, and stressed that they “will be held accountable, in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.”
Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that the drones intentionally targeted civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.
“The joint forces thwarted all terrorist attempts by the Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects and the joint forces’ leadership is implementing all necessary procedures to protect civilians from these barbaric attacks, as well as implementing operational procedures to neutralize and destroy the use of qualitative capabilities, including unmanned booby-trapped drones,” Al-Maliki added.
On Wednesday, a fire broke out near a floating platform of an oil distribution station in the southern Saudi region of Jazan. It damaged the floating hoses of the platform but was quickly brought under control, the Saudi Press Agency reported late on Thursday. No injuries were reported.
An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Energy was quoted as saying the fire broke out as coalition forces intercepted two bomb-laden boats launched remotely by Houthi terrorists from Hodeidah, Yemen.
The source stated that Houthi terrorist acts affect not only Saudi Arabia, but also maritime navigation and global trade.