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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 July 2018

Saudi intercepts Houthi-launched missile against Jazan

Colonel Turki Al Malki explained the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas

A photo distributed by the Houthis shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018. Reuters
A photo distributed by the Houthis shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018. Reuters

The Saudi Royal Air Force has intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias from Saada province, Yemen, towards Saudi territories.

The official spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al Malki, explained that the missile was heading towards Jazan and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.

The missile fell in a remote area. The incident resulted only in a slight injury of a Pakistani expatriate, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

“Such hostile acts by the Iran-backed Houthi militias prove the continuing involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi militias with qualitative capabilities in a flagrant and explicit violation of the two UN resolutions No. 2216 and 2231 with the objective of threatening the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the regional and international stability.”

Launching ballistic missiles towards densely populated cities and villages breaches the International humanitarian law, he added.