Coalition forces intercept ballistic missile fired toward Najran

Col. Turki Al-Malki

Saudi Gazette report

THE Air Defense Forces of the Arab Coalition intercepted on Friday a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militias from the Yemeni territory into the Kingdom. The scattered fragments of the shot down missile caused minor damage to private property of a citizen in the Najran region while there was no loss of life, according to Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Coalition forces.

He said that at 7:56 a.m., the Air Defense Forces spotted a ballistic missile launched from Yemeni territory towards Najran in the southern region of the Kingdom. He said that the missile was deliberately launched targeting civilian populated areas, but was intercepted and destroyed by the Patriot anti-missile system over the Najran skies.

Al-Maliki said that this hostile action by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed militias in clear and explicit defiance of the UN resolutions 2216 and 2231.

“These (missile launch) are aimed at threatening the security of not only Saudi Arabia but also the region and the world as firing of ballistic missiles targeting densely populated cities and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law,” he said in Riyadh.

Al-Maliki renewed his call on the international community to take more serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations through the continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups and outlaws. He also underlined the need to hold Iran accountable for its support and flagrant defiance of international norms and values.

Al-Malki, earlier, in his weekly press conference at the headquarters of King Salman Air Base in Riyadh said the legitimate government in Yemen enjoys superiority at the grass roots and political levels He added that the Arab Coalition forces still held superiority in the battlefield within Yemen and on its border with Saudi Arabia.

Al-Malki also criticized the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick’s recent report saying that it lacks information, adding that McGoldrick “needs to focus on his work.”

Al-Malki made a video presentation in which he reviewed the efforts of the Coalition forces to support humanitarian and relief work in Yemen as well as the military operations carried out by the forces against targets of the Houthi militia. Al-Malki said that coalition raids continue to target militia checkpoints and weapon warehouses, adding that the raids succeeded in destroying locations where Houthi ballistic missiles are being kept in Sana’a.

He showed pictures of caves and hiding spots of Houthi weapons and missiles. “The militia is planting mines in commercial naval passages, but have failed to plant them on Saudi Arabian borders,” he added.