Saudi Air Defense forces intercept seven ballistic missiles fired from Yemen

JEDDAH, The Saudi Air Defense Forces have intercepted seven ballistic missiles fired from Yemen towards several civilian targets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the pro-legitimacy in Yemen coalition announced Sunday evening.

In a press statement aired by the Saudi Press Agency, the official Spokesman of the coalition Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the coalition forces had detected the launching of the seven ballistic missiles from inside Yemen towards the kingdom.

Three of missiles were fired at the capital city of Riyadh; one at the city Khamis Mushait; one at the city of Najran; and two towards the city of Jazan, al-Maliki said, noting that the missiles were launched in a random and absurd manner to target civilian areas.

He added that they all were intercepted and destroyed by the Saudi Royal Air Defense forces. Interception of the missiles led to the fall of fragments on some residential neighborhoods.

According to preliminary information and until the preparation of this statement, it resulted in the martyrdom of an expatriate and the injury of two others all from the Egyptian community. Material damage to civilian objects were also reported.

Al-Maliki said that this hostile and indiscriminate action by the Houthi group backed by Iran proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime’s support for the Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities in a clear and explicit defiance to the UN resolutions 2216 and resolution 2231 in order to threaten the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and threaten regional and international security.

He pointed to that the firing of ballistic missiles towards populated cities and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law, stressing that the actions of the Houthi militia are a serious escalation in the war of terrorist organizations and the states sponsoring terrorism such Iran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency