Islamabad: Pakistan strongly condemned the missile attacks launched in the skies above the cities of Riyadh and Jazin in Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saturday. The missiles, which included the first attack on the kingdom’s capital in more than a year, were intercepted by Saudi Arabia’s air defenses and resulted in only slight injuries from falling debris.
“It is particularly reprehensible that armed attacks were directed at civilian population that is already fighting a pandemic,” a statement from Pakistan’s foreign office said. The statement went on to laud Saudi defense forces for the successful interception of the missiles, and the prevention of any loss of life.
“Pakistan reiterates its full solidarity with the brotherly people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and reaffirms its support to the Kingdom against any threat to its security and territorial integrity,” the FO statement said in a statement on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia said its air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night in an attack that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Sunday said they had launched towards the capital Riyadh and southern areas near the Yemeni border.
The attacks come days after Yemen’s warring parties had welcomed a U.N. call for an immediate truce on Thursday to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
“Two civilians were slightly injured due to the falling of the intercepted missile’s debris as it exploded in mid-air over residential districts,” in Riyadh, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported, citing a Saudi civil defense spokesman, Lt. Colonel Mohammed al-Hammadi.