FO condemns missile attack on Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels

Islamabad: The Foreign Office on Wednesday condemned the ballistic missile attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia, said a statement released.

The rebels on Tuesday had fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh and had claimed the target was the official residence of the Saudi king.

Pakistan also reaffirmed its support for the kingdom and reiterated that in case of any violation of its territorial integrity or any threat to the Holy Cities, Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and people of Saudi Arabia.

The FO in its statement said the increasing frequency and ferocity of the missile attacks, targeted at innocent civilians by Houthi rebels, pose a threat to regional peace and security and is therefore, highly condemnable.

The statement further added that to ensure stability and peace in the region, a political solution for the Yemen crisis needs to be sought.

“Pakistan stands firmly with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in confronting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

“Missile force announces the launch of a Burkan (Volcano) H-2 missile against the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh,” the Houthis’s official news outlet Al-Masirah tweeted on Tuesday.

The attacks, which could further escalate a military campaign by a Saudi-led coalition against the rebels, underscore how the raging Yemen conflict is increasingly spilling across the border.

The first attack targeted Riyadh international airport on November 4, and triggered the tightening of a long-standing Saudi-led blockade of Yemen  already on the verge of famine.

 

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