United Nations condemns multiple Houthi missile attacks targeting Saudi Arabia

by Jared Lewis April 1, 2018, 4:08
United Nations condemns multiple Houthi missile attacks targeting Saudi Arabia

Houthis have also threatened to carry out more attacks, saying they were doing so in response to the war imposed by the US-backed and Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of Arab forces that has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis and pushed the war-ravaged and poverty-stricken country to the brink of mass starvation.

These hostile acts continue to pose a direct threat to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and threaten regional, as well as, global security. Tehran has denied the allegation.

We believe that the brotherly people and government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have the right to defend itself against any security threats, said the foreign ministry.

The council statement did not name who is violating the arms embargo against the Huthis.

These aggressive actions are in blatant violation to the UN Security Resolution 2216 and 2231. This is the only way to stop the Houthis and the Iranian Regime from taking hold of Yemen.

A series of missiles, fired by Houthi rebels across the border in Yemen, were intercepted and destroyed by Saudi military installations on Sunday, defence officials said in a statement.

The latest Huthi missile attacks on March 25 were the most extensive and deadly so far. In December, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile targeting King Salman's Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.

On March 26, the Saudi-led bombing coalition displayed what it said was fragments from the missiles at a news conference in Riyadh and said they showed the weapons were made in Iran.

Falling shrapnel killed an Egyptian national in Riyadh, the first death on Saudi soil since the kingdom and its regional allies intervened in the war in Yemen exactly three years ago.

Guterres thanked the prince, but stressed that a political solution was needed to end the war in Yemen, not just a humanitarian response.

Saudi Arabia is involved as at this moment the civil war is largely a de facto proxy war between a Saudi led coalition and Iran which is providing arms and supplies to the Houthi rebels.

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