Arab League Condemns Houthi Attempt to Target Makkah

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019 - 08:00 -

Arab League Condemns Houthi Attempt to Target Makkah

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Coalition forces destroyed two Houthi drones above Saudi Arabia. (File Photo: SPA)
Cairo, Riyadh- Sawsan Abu Hussein and Abdul Hadi Habtoor
The Arab League reiterated Tuesday its condemnation of the Houthi ballistic missile attacks on Makkah on Monday.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit issued a statement saying these acts pose a serious threat to regional and international security, and not just that of Saudi Arabia, voicing at the same time the Arab bloc's full support for the Kingdom in the face of terrorist threats that trigger regional chaos.

The spokesman of the Sec-Gen, Ambassador Mahmoud Afifi, affirmed that Abul Gheit reiterated full support to Saudi Arabia in confronting all threats to its national security and supporting the measures taken by the Saudi authorities to confront this threat.

Meanwhile, Joint forces of the Alliance to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen revealed that Houthi militias tried to target a vital civilian facility in Najran with a drone loaded with explosives.

Spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said Iran-backed militias continue to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian facilities, as well as citizens and residents of all nationalities.

On Monday, Saudi air defense forces intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles targeting Makkah, and were able to destroy the missiles 60 km from Makkah.

“The Air Defense Systems spotted on Monday morning the objects and were dealt with accordingly,” he said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Shura Council Hadi al-Yami described the Houthi attempt to target one of the vital facilities in Najran as a new episode in the series of frequent abuses and attacks against civilians in Saudi cities.

Yami told Asharq al-Awsat that each time pressure increases, militias resort to targeting civilian facilities in order to cover up their successive defeats.

He asserted that Houthi attempts will not succeed because of the vigilance of Saudi forces.

Yami explained that the whole world knows that Houthi militias do not possess modern technologies and have no ability to operate them. Those technologies, he explained, are sent from the Iranian regime using the militias as a tool to implement its goals in the region.

He stated that the international community’s role is to pressure the Tehran regime and force it to end its negative interference in the affairs of regional countries.

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