Saudi Arabia condemns Yemeni Houthi attacks on Riyadh




Saudi Arabia's cabinet condemns Yemeni Houthis for targeting Saudi capital Riyadh with eight armed drones and three ballistic missiles, the news agency SPA said in a statement.


The statement, released late on Tuesday, called the attacks "terrorist acts" targeting civilians and endangering the lives of hundreds of people.

At least two major explosions erupted in Riyadh early Tuesday morning and smoke blew into the sky.

The Houthis said they had attacked the Saudi defense ministry and military base, saying the Saudi-led military alliance had abandoned the missile and had not addressed the targets.

There is no sign of damage to the Ministry of Defense building visible from the main road or surrounding buildings. The area was quiet Tuesday evening as there was no regular traffic flow and no additional security measures.

The Houthis have repeatedly fired at Saudi Arabia during the conflict, but have not targeted Riyadh since late March when Saudi Arabia fired a missile and claimed that two residents were wounded. Went.

Violence between the two sides escalated after the six-week ceasefire prompted by the Kovid-19 pandemic ended last month.

Yemen has been divided between the Saudi-backed government in the south and the Houthi movement in the north since the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition in March 2015, a few months after the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa.

Since then, tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed, and millions are on the brink of famine, with the United Nations calling it "the world's worst humanitarian crisis."

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saraya said in a televised speech that the group fired several missiles and drones that "hit" military headquarters and centers in Riyadh, including the Ministry of Defense and King Salman Air Base.

He also said that there were attacks on military sites in the southern Saudi cities of Najran and Jizan.

Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turk al-Maliki also condemned the latest attack on Riyadh, calling it "an act of hostility toward civilians."

The alliance also fired three missiles, including Najran, Jizan, and several drones.

The conflict in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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