Pakistan, UAE & Egypt strongly condemned Houthi missiles attacks in Saudi Arabia

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the Iranian backed Houthi rebels fired four missiles and six explosive drones from Yemen’s capital Sanaa to target civilian population on Saudi-Yemeni border on Monday.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis intercepted and destroyed missiles and explosive drones fired by the Houthis over the border towards Saudi Arabia.

The attacks were launched by the Houthis in Yemen “to deliberately target civilians in the kingdom”,  “The terrorist Houthi militia is deliberately escalating hostilities as it targets civilians and civilian objects in Yemen and neighboring countries using ballistic missiles and UAVs,” Al-Malki stated.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks towards Saudi Arabia aiming to target its civilians. “Pakistan reiterates its full support and solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threats to its security and territorial integrity,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The Foreign Office said: “The successful interception of the ballistic missiles and bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles by the Joint Coalition Forces prevented loss of innocent lives and is commendable”.

The UAE has condemned the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s attempts to target civilian areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles, which were intercepted by Coalition forces.

In a statement released on Monday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the UAE reiterated its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in regards to any terrorist attacks against civilians and any threats to its security and stability, affirming its support for all measures taken by Saudi authorities to maintain the country’s security and stability.

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, the Foreign Ministry said. “The continuation of such attacks and threats demonstrates the danger the Houthi coup poses to the region and further demonstrates this militia’s intention to undermine regional security and stability,” it added.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday also strongly condemned an attack on Saudi Arabia by Yemeni Houthi militias. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia “as it faces these assaults that target its civilians.” It also pledged its full support for any defensive measures authorities in the Kingdom take to ensure the country remains safe from terrorism.

The ministry reiterated Egypt’s full support for all efforts to restore peace and stability in Yemen. It said attacks such as the latest on Saudi Arabia will result in an escalation of instability, and called for a ceasefire so that the dispute can be resolved peacefully.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an alliance to fight the Houthis in Yemen since March 2015. The Saudi-UAE coalition intervened after the Houthis removed internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.

According to United Nations the more than 100,000 people has been killed, and emerging into world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The conflict has pushed Yemen, already one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, to the verge of famine and devastated the country’s health facilities.

The Houthis’ military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, confirmed in a statement that the group had launched attacks in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Jizan.

Arif Qureshi is Editor Daily “The Fortress” he can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

 

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