According to media reports, Saudi Arabia has announced that its forces had intercepted a number of ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels towards several locations in the kingdom.
“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia in the face of serious national security threats. Those responsible must cease these dangerous & provocative actions”
@BorisJohnson statement on the attempted missile attacks against Saudi Arabia,
Boris Johnson calls on the UN to investigate the origin of the missiles.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:
I was appalled by last night’s multiple Houthi missile launches at Saudi Arabia, which threatened civilian areas and resulted in at least one fatality. I offer my condolences to the families of those killed and injured. Building on the recent UN Panel of Experts report, we will be calling on the UN to investigate how these latest missiles found their way into Yemen in contravention of Security Council Resolutions.
The United Kingdom stands shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia in the face of such serious national security threats. Those responsible must cease these dangerous and provocative actions. A return to political dialogue remains vital to ensuring an end to the conflict for the sake of the Yemeni people and regional security. British nationals in Saudi Arabia should continue to follow FCO Travel Advice.
In a statement the Saudi government also said that the Saudi air defence intercepted seven missiles, three of which were headed towards Riyadh.
An Egyptian resident was reportedly killed as a result of shrapnel – the first death in Riyadh since the country’s military campaign was launched three years ago in Yemen – while several others were injured.
India today strongly condemned the renewed missile attacks targeting civilian areas in the direction of Riyadh and other cities of Saudi Arabia. In response to a media query on the missile attacks in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, New Delhi is deeply concerned about the escalating situation threatening the lives of innocent civilians. India reiterated its resolve to fight terrorism and violence in all its forms.