Coalition Press Conference: Findings on Houthi Ballistic Missile Attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The spokesperson for the Coalition Forces to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Maliki explained, at a press conference in Riyadh, Iran’s support to the Houthis, including supplying them with ballistic missiles. Col. Al-Maliki made the following remarks:
The Houthis are flagrantly violating International Law by firing missiles at civilian areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have now launched a total of 104 missiles at Saudi Arabia. Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said that, and on Sunday evening, the Coalition's Air Defense Forces intercepted seven ballistic missiles fired from within Yemen towards the Kingdom's territory.
Colonel Al-Maliki reiterated that three of them were fired in the direction of Riyadh; one towards Khamis Mushait; one towards Najran; and two towards Jazan. These missiles were launched indiscriminately to target civilian population centers. All of the missiles were intercepted and destroyed by the Saudi Royal Air Defense forces.
The Houthis are the first terrorist group in history to possess ballistic missiles. The acquisition of ballistic missiles by the Houthis terrorist organizations is a very serious development. The supply of ballistic missiles to the Houthis is a dangerous escalation by Iran.
The coalition calls on the international community to condemn these missile attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which are in violation of UN resolutions. The world now faces big challenges, especially the Middle East, which suffers from geopolitical issues as a result of Iranian behavior spreading chaos and intolerance.
The Iranian regime is smuggling arms to the Houthis in violation of UN resolutions. Ports under control of the Houthis are entry points for smuggled missiles into Yemen. Hodeidah Port is being used for such smuggling. The coalition has intercepted an Iranian-made “Siyad”-type missile which was being smuggled to Yemen (on display at the press conference)
78 % of the missiles launched towards the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comes from Sa'ada and from north of the Amran governorate. The Houthis also use Sana'a airport for training their militias and for launching Iranian-made “Siyad”-type missiles.
Yemen is suffering a disruption of its peace as a result of the extremism of the Houthis, who are armed by Iran. The ballistic missile which targeted Riyadh yesterday was an Iranian "Qiyam" model. Fragments from the missile and analysis of its technical components prove that it was sourced from Iran. Nine residential neighborhoods were affected by the missiles.
Saudi Arabia reserves the right to respond to Iran at an appropriate time and place defending its land and people. Members of the coalition have the right to the legitimate defense of their territory. The UN Security Council must hold Iran accountable for breaches of international law. If Iran does not stop supporting terrorist groups, the international community will take action to force Iran to change its behavior.
Yemen has suffered from Iran’s interference and its support for the Houthi coup. The coalition will continue to back Yemen’s legitimate government until the country becomes stable, and will continue to take measures to ensure stability around Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The coalition supports all efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen.