RIYADH 30 August 2019: The Iranian-backed Houthi militias on Wednesday evening launched a projectile towards Abha International Airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to the joint forces of the Arab coalition in support of the legitimate government in Yemen.
The Saudi Press Agency and Wam quoted Colonel Turki Al Maliki, Official Spokesman for the Coalition, as saying that the attack took place at 23:35 on Wednesday at the busy airport in which thousands of civilian passengers pass through daily.
The Houthi militia claimed full responsibility for the attack through its media, reporting the use of a cruise missile.
Al Maliki pointed out that the incident is being investigated by authorities and that there were no reported injuries so far.
He added that the Houthi terrorist militia continues its immoral practices by targeting civilians and civilian sites protected under international humanitarian law and its customary rules.
Al Maliki said this act constitutes a war crime and is a clear admission of a deliberate targeting of civilians.
He went on to say that the continuation of such acts of terrorism and high-quality capabilities proves the Iranian regime’s involvement in supporting the Houthi terrorist militias and the continued violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231.
He stressed that in the face of these acts of terrorism and immoral violations by the Houthis, the coalition forces will continue to carry out strict measures to deter the militias in an effort to protect civilians.
Coalition intercept Houthi drones
The joint forces of the Arab coalition in support of the legitimate government in Yemen on Thursday morning intercepted and shot down a drone launched by the terrorist Iranian-backed Houthi militia from Yemen’s Sa’ada governorate towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Al Maliki added that by resorting to misleading media reporting of its false successes, further confirms the magnitude of losses the militia is suffering and the popular discontent its facing.
Another Drone Shot Down
The joint forces of the Arab coalition in support of the legitimate government in Yemen on Wednesday intercepted and shot down a drone launched by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia from Sana’a towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
UAE issues statement on developments in Yemen
ABU DHABI: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued the following statement:
“In response to the Yemeni Foreign Ministry’s statement, the UAE affirms its right of self-defense against all threats targeting the Arab Coalition forces.
The recent aggravation in offensives against the Arab Coalition forces and civilians pose a menacing threat to the security of the coalition. This in turn has necessitated precise and direct air strikes on the 28th and 29th August, 2019 against terrorist militias as per the rules of engagement of the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law.
The military operation against the terrorist militias was based on confirmed field intelligence that the militias prepared to target the coalition forces – a development which required a preemptive operation to avert any military threat.
The strikes against the Arab Coalition were launched by armed groups affiliated with terrorist organisations. These armed groups attacked the Arab Coalition at Aden Airport, causing two injuries to the coalition forces.
Accordingly, the Coalition responded as per their right of self-defense to protect the security of their forces.
The UAE reaffirms that it will never hesitate to protect the Arab Coalition forces whenever necessity arises and retains its right of response and self-defence.
Accelerated Terror Activity
The UAE intelligence departments observed over the past weeks that terrorist cells started to accelerate their activity across Yemeni territories in a way that poses menacing threat to the strides made by the Arab Coalition to uproot the scourge of terrorism in Yemen. This also threatens the efforts made by the coalition to combat the Houthi militia, which is benefiting from the spread of instability and terrorism.
The UAE, therefore, expresses deep concern over the current troubling conditions in Yemen in light of the resumption of terrorist offenses after the success made by the coalition over the past years to confront terrorism in Yemen, primarily Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is considered among the most dangerous terrorist groups and whose influence has been significantly curbed thanks to the Arab Coalition’s efforts.”