Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched from Yemen for the second time in a month, on Nov. 30.
According to Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the official spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) sighted the launch of a ballistic missile from within Yemen towards the Kingdom’s territory at 8:20 pm Thursday.
He further iterated that the missile was heading towards the city of Khamis Mushait in the southwestern province of Asir.
He further distilled that the possession of ballistic weapons by terrorist organizations, including the Iranian-backed Houthi armed militias, poses a real threat to regional and international security and firing them at populated cities is a categorical violation of international humanitarian law.
Weeks earlier, Yemeni rebels fired a ballistic missile towards an international airport in Riyadh, which was intercepted before it struck. Saudi-led coalition imposed the blockade in response to the missile attack. The United Nations (UN), however, has warned that the blockade is deepening Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of states against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled Yemen’s internationally recognized government in 2015.
The Coalition affirmed that the continuous firing of ballistic missiles by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, targeting neighboring cities, is the most substantial evidence that there is a consistent stream of weapons smuggled into Yemen, which is a total violation of UN Security Resolution No. 2216.
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington