The Iran-affiliated Houthi militias continue to destabilize the region, according to the Iranian strategy of penetrating into the region’s countries, causing turmoil in it.
According to Al-Arabiya, the Saudi air defenses should have intercepted two ballistic missiles in Riyadh air space on March 28, Also, the air defenses has another missile in Jazan in the south of the kingdom.
“The Saudi Air Defense intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles, launched by the terrorist Houthi militias from Sanaa and Saada against civilians in the kingdom,” said Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the Arab Coalition Forces in Yemen.
Al-Maliki said that the attack does not target only Saudi Arabia and its citizens and residents, but also the unity and solidarity of the world, especially amid such difficult circumstances as the whole world is united to combat the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
“The Houthi militias’ escalation contradicts their declaration of accepting the ceasefire and their seriousness in engaging with the Yemeni government in building trust between parties and reaching a comprehensive political solution that ends the coup,” al-Maliki pointed out.
He stressed that “this attack is a continuation of Iran’s strategy of forgery and temporization to deepen the suffering of the Yemeni brothers, and to render the Houthi militias unable to make decisions that end the crisis.”
The leaders of the coalition’s forces will continue taking strict and deterrent measures to neutralize and destroy these ballistic capabilities, to protect civilians as well as regional and international security, al-Maliki indicated.
The spokesperson of the Civil Defense in Riyadh, Lieutenant Muhammad Al Hammadi, said that fragments of a ballistic missile were scattered in residential neighborhoods injuring two civilians.
Relatedly, the Houthi militias rejected last Thursday the U.N. calls for a ceasefire and uniting the efforts to combat the coronavirus, although the internationally recognized government and Arab Coalition have supported the calls.
It is noteworthy that the leader of the Houthi rebels, Abdul Malik Al Houthi, vowed to use what he “advanced military capabilities” in the war that entered its sixth year last Thursday.
Saudi air defense has always intercepted Iranian-made missiles fired by Houthis, committing crimes against humanity in Yemen.
On February 21, Saudi Arabia announced that its air force intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles fired by Houthis from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, against several cities in the Kingdom.
Houthi militias have also targeted the Aramco petroleum company in Abqaiq and Khurais with drones, causing a global oil crisis as half of the Saudi oil production had to be stopped.
In March 2015, the Arab Coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict to support the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, after the Iranian-backed Houthis took control of the capital, Sanaa.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed during the war; most of them are civilians, according to human rights organizations. The United Nations believes that the humanitarian crisis resulting from the Yemeni conflict is the worst in the world.