RIYADH 14 July 2020: Arab Coalition forces intercepted and destroyed four ballistic missiles and seven drones laden with explosives, which were launched by Iranian-backed Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia.
The coalition’s spokesperson Colonel Turki Al Maliki said on Monday,that the attacks were launched from Sana’a and deliberately targeted Saudi civilians and civilian facilities, said Saudi Press Agency and Wam.
He added that the militia was “deliberately escalating hostilities” in Yemen and neighbouring countries using ballistic missiles and drones.
UAE condemns Houthi attempts to target Saudi Arabia
In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the UAE reiterated its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in regards to any terrorist attacks against civilians and any threats to its security and stability, affirming its support for all measures taken by Saudi authorities to maintain the country’s security and stability.
The security of the UAE and that of Saudi Arabia are indivisible, and any threat facing the kingdom is considered a threat to the security and stability of the UAE, the Foreign Ministry said.
“The continuation of such attacks and threats demonstrates the danger the Houthi coup poses to the region and further demonstrates this militia’s intention to undermine regional security and stability,” it added.
Coalition refers ‘targeted operation’ results to JIAT
The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition has referred one of the targeted operations results to the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), for assessment.
Colonel Al-Malki was quoted by SPA as saying that the Joint Forces Command has completed a comprehensive study of the after action review of an operation conducted on Sunday, 12th July 2020, and according to the comprehensive review and operational vetting, and what was clarified by coalition forces on the ground, there is a possibility of losses among civilians as a result of a targeted operation against ‘a gathering of terrorist Houthi commanders and armed militants’ in Washahah district, Hajjah governorate, Yemen.
All documents relating to this incident have been referred to JIAT for further assessment and announcement of results.
The Joint Forces Command underscored its commitment to applying the highest standards of safety and implementing the customary International Humanitarian Law in its military operations.
“We will take all necessary procedures pertaining to incidents, god forbid, to achieve the highest levels of accountability and transparency,” Al-Malki added.