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Bahraini Minister of Information Denounces Iran-backed Houthi Terrorism

Bahraini Minister of Information Denounces Iran-backed Houthi Terrorism

Sunday, 21 January, 2018 - 12:30
Bahraini Information Affairs Minister Ali al-Romaihi (BNA)

Bahraini Information Affairs Minister Ali al-Romaihi denounced recurrent Houthi attacks targeting cities in Saudi Arabia with tens of Iran-made ballistic missiles in a dangerous escalation aimed to undermine the security of the kingdom, the Gulf and the Arab countries. He indicated that the Houthi attacks were a flagrant violation of all international and humanitarian conventions.

Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat, Romaihi praised the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces, their advanced systems and military services in thwarting Houthi terrorist attacks, including the recent ballistic missile attack on Najran city that was intercepted.

The Houthis attack was a blatant breach of international and humanitarian laws that proves the implication of Tehran regime and its terrorist proxies in threatening regional and global peace and security, he added.

The minister urged the international community to take a decisive stance against Iranian-backed Houthi terrorism, and effective measures against Iran's escalating violations and its breach of international laws, expansionist sectarian policies and terrorist activities of sabotage in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Yemen and other countries in the region.

The minister reiterated Bahrain’s support along with the Arab and Muslim countries for Saudi Arabia, the land of the Two Holy Mosques, in all the measures it takes to protect its security and stability as well as safeguarding its boundaries and ensuring the safety of its people and pilgrims of the Holy Kaaba.

The minister also assured his country's support to Saudi humanitarian efforts in alleviating the suffering of Yemeni people and solving Yemen’s ongoing crisis caused by Iran proxies, namely the Houthi coup militias which violated international laws especially UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and its implementation mechanism and the outcomes of Yemen’s Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference.

In related news, Spokesman of the Coalition Forces Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement on Saturday that the Air Defense Forces affiliated to Coalition detected a ballistic missile launched by Iran-affiliated Houthi militias from Saada Governorate towards Saudi Arabia.

Maliki stated that the missile was directed towards Najran and was launched deliberately to target civilian and populated areas. The missile was intercepted and destroyed by the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF).

"This hostile action by Iran-backed Houthi group proves the continuous involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities, in a clear and explicit defiance and violation of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the regional and international security," the Spokesman said.

Maliki renewed his call for the international community to take more serious and effective steps to stop Iranian violations of continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups and outlaws. He also asked to hold Iran accountable for its blatant defiance of the international values as the threat it poses to the regional and international security.

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