On Monday, the US State Department stressed Washington’s support for Saudi Arabia, which has endured Terrorist attacks by the Houthis.
The US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, condemned the Houthi attacks, stressing the United States’ support for the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Price also pointed out that the Houthis are the obstacle that prevents the progress of a diplomatic solution in Yemen.
Ballistic destruction launched towards Riyadh
These statements came after the official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, announced that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces had intercepted and destroyed on Monday evening a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia towards Riyadh city.
Al-Maliki said that the interception process caused the scattering of shrapnel on some residential neighborhoods without causing any damage, according to the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”.
Take deterrent measures
He also indicated that this barbaric and irresponsible behavior by the Houthi militia by attempting to target civilians and civilian objects in a systematic and deliberate manner is contrary to humanitarian principles and violates international humanitarian law and its customary rules.
He also affirmed that the Ministry of Defense will take the necessary and deterrent measures, in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules, to protect its lands and national capabilities, protect civilians and civilian objects, and stop such hostile and cross-border actions.
For its part, the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen revealed that the Saudi defenses destroyed a ballistic missile that was launched towards Khamis Mushait.
It is noteworthy that for some time, the Houthi militia has continued its attempts to target civilian and economic objects in the Kingdom, in attempts that provoked condemnations from several Arab and Western countries, stressing their support for the Kingdom and its security, denouncing the Houthi terrorist attacks.
These repeated and escalating Houthi attempts during the last period come at a time when the United Nations is trying to establish a ceasefire in Yemen, in order to re-launch negotiations in order to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict that has been going on for years.