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Arab Coalition Foils Houthi Cross-Border Attack against Saudi Arabia

Arab Coalition Foils Houthi Cross-Border Attack against Saudi Arabia

Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 06:15
Missile defense battery intercepting an attack against Saudi Arabia (Archive Photo)

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition intercepted cross-border drone and ballistic missile attacks launched by Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen against the neighboring Kingdom of Saudi Arabia overnight Thursday, on which Muslims worldwide marked the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday.


“Eight drones and three missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia were intercepted,” the Coalition said in a statement.


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the attack and labeled it as “cowardly, hostile action” by Houthi militias.


OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen praised the coalition forces for their vigilance and professionalism in responding to the Houthi’s attack, which took place on the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.


“The continued launch of ballistic missiles and drones toward civilians and civilian objects is considered war crimes, and a flagrant defiance of international laws, customs and agreements,” he said.


He also reiterated the OIC’s solidarity with the Kingdom in all the steps Saudi authorities take to deter Houthi aggression and protect civilians.


Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry also released a statement condemning the Houthi assault.


“Bahrain stands by the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in confronting the Houthi terrorist attacks that aim to undermine the security and stability of the Kingdom,” read an official statement carried by the state-owned Bahrain News Agency (BNA).


Moreover, the UN Security Council issued a press release on Wednesday urging an “end to violence” in Yemen, especially in the northeastern governorate of Marib.


Marib, where over a million internally displaced Yemenis have sought safety from violence, has recently experienced fierce and escalated clashes between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Houthi guerrilla.


Delegates at the periodic UNSC meeting covered by the press release called for an “immediate end to violence in Marib, highlighting that a nationwide ceasefire is urgently needed and urging the parties to demonstrate a genuine willingness to engage in negotiations.”


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