Saudi Arabia blasts Iran after ballistic missile was fired towards Riyadh
Nov 06, 2017 World 5826 By Collins Kelechi
- Saudi Arabia blasts Iran after ballistic missile was fired towards Riyadh.
- The missile was fired by Iranian backed Houthi militia.
- Iran vehemently denies accusations.
The Saudi Arabian government has accused Iran of committing an act of war after a ballistic missile was fired towards Riyadh by Houthi militias who are backed by Iran.
A statement issued on Monday via the state
news agency SPA denounced the "flagrant military aggression by the Iranian-controlled Houthi militias" and said that an examination of the debris "confirmed the role of Iran's regime in manufacturing [this and a previous missile] and smuggling them to the Houthi militias in Yemen for the purpose of attacking the Kingdom, its people, and vital interests".
The statement accused Iran of violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216, which prohibits states from supplying weapons to Yemeni armed groups.
"Iran's role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally," the SPA statement noted.
"Therefore, the Coalition's Command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."