LONDON: Saudi Arabia affirmed its sovereign right to take all necessary measures to protect the security and safety of its citizens, residents and territory from any terrorist attacks, in accordance with its obligations under international law.
This came in a letter sent by the Saudi deputy permanent representative to the UN, Mohammed Al-Ateeq, to the UN Security Council on Thursday regarding recent attacks against the Kingdom by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militia.
“I write to inform you that on Monday ... air defenses of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have intercepted a drone targeting King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Airport in city of Jazan, launched by the terrorist Houthi militia,” Al-Ateeq wrote.
#SaudiArabia’s letter the the #UnitedNations #SecurityCouncil in regards to the continued military hostilities committed by the #Iranian-backed terrorist #Houthi militias against #SaudiArabia and towards civilians and civilian objects pic.twitter.com/XT8ASgYEbL
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“This hostile and atrocious attempt to target civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Kingdom has caused the injury of at least 16 civilians of different nationalities; three of them are in a critical condition.”
Al-Ateeq said the Houthis have resumed cross-border attacks from Sanaa International Airport, which confirms its violations of international humanitarian law.
He added that the UNSC must assume its responsibilities regarding the Houthis, their arms suppliers, and the resources that finance their terrorist acts, so as to stop the threat they pose to regional and international peace and security.