Houthis ballistic missile, drones attack condemned

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 1 March 2021: Joint Arab Coalition Forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile and six explosive-laden drones launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

ICoalition spokesman Col. Turki Al Maliki said: “Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed yesterday evening (Saturday) and this morning (Sunday) a ballistic missile and six ‘booby-trapped’ drones launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the southern region, Jazan and Khamis Mushait.”

Al Maliki added that the attempts by the Houthis to attack the Kingdom is “deliberate and systematic and constitute war crimes”, reported Saudi Press Agency and Wam.

“The Joint Forces will continue to implement all necessary operational procedures to safeguard civilians and civilian objects in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” he concluded.

UAE condemns ballistic missile attack

The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned and denounced the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia’s systematic attempts to target civilians and civil objects in Saudi Arabia’s southern region and cities of Jizan and Khamis Mushait, with a ballistic missile and booby trapped drones, which were intercepted by the Coalition Forces.

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Sunday, the UAE renewed its full solidarity with the Kingdom over these subversive terrorist attacks and reiterated its stance against all threats to the Kingdom’s security, stability, and the safety of its citizens and residents.

The statement emphasised that “the security of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are indivisible, and that any threat facing the Kingdom is considered by the Emirates a threat to its security and stability.”

The statement added that such continued attacks demonstrate the regional risk posed by the Houthi Coup and represent “new evidence of these militias’ attempts to undermine security and stability in the region.”

UN condemns Houthi terrorism

The United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) condemned, in the strongest terms, the military strike committed by the Houthi militia, which resulted in the destruction of a residential house last night in Al-Hawk, in Hodeidah Governorate.

In a press release issued by Lieutenant General Abhijit Goha, Head of UNMHA and Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, noted that these devastating and continuing civilian losses are another violation of the international humanitarian law and the terms of the Hodeidah Agreement and the ceasefire.

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