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Arabs, Int’l Community Slam Houthi Terrorist Attack against Saudi Arabia

Arabs, Int’l Community Slam Houthi Terrorist Attack against Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 23 June, 2020 - 17:00
A view shows buildings and the Kingdom Center Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 1, 2017.
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The Arab and international community slammed on Tuesday the Iran-backed Houthi militias’ targeting of Saudi civilian regions with ballistic missiles and booby-trapped drones.


The Saudi-led Arab coalition declared Tuesday that it had intercepted and downed three ballistic missiles and eight booby-trapped drones fired by the Houthis in Yemen against the Kingdom.


“I condemn these latest attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Houthis, and their continued offensives within Yemen which cast further doubt on their claims to want peace,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.


“With over a million Yemenis believed to have contracted coronavirus, it is more vital than ever that the Houthis cease their hostilities and allow the UN-led humanitarian response to get on with saving Yemeni lives,” he added.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen strongly condemned the Houthis, holding them "and those supplying them with weapons and funds fully responsible for these terrorist acts".


He reiterated the organization’s support for the Arab coalition and expressed its complete solidarity with the Saudi Arabia, saying its backs all measures it takes to confront their threat.


Gulf Cooperation Council chief Dr. Nayef al-Hajraf slammed the latest Houthi escalation, saying such hostile acts are a flagrant violation of international laws that bar attacks against civilians.


These attacks not only are attempts to destabilize Saudi Arabia, but the whole region, he warned.


He hailed the competence and alertness of the Saudi aid force that intercepted and downed the drones and missiles before they reached their targets, adding that the GCC supports all measures the Kingdom takes to preserve its security and stability.


"The international community must assume its responsibilities and firmly stand against the Houthis and their repeated attempts to destabilize the region," he said.


The United Arab Emirates slammed the Houthi attack, voicing its solidarity with the Saudi Arabia and saying stands side-by-side with it against all threats against its security and stability.


Its foreign ministry stressed that the security of the UAE and that of Saudi Arabia are indivisible, and any threat facing the Kingdom is considered a threat to the security and stability of the UAE.


Egypt strongly denounced the Houthis attack, with the foreign ministry expressing Cairo’s complete solidarity with Riyadh.


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