Saudi Arabia blames Iran for 'blatant act of military aggression' after Houthi missile launch on Riyadh

Saudi Arabia released a statement accusing Iran of leading a proxy-war via Yemeni Houthi rebels after the militants launched a missile at Riyadh on Saturday. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi kingdom "considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war." Iran has denied involvement in the incident.
Missile launch from Yemen on Saturday Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of launching a missile at Riyadh on Saturday- after Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack. Saudi authorities warned that they "could consider the attack no less than an act of war," and accused Iran of supporting and controlling the Houthi rebels' operations- thus making the Shiite state responsible for the launch of the intercepted missile.

The Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi government's official news agency, reported that the Saudis had conducted a comprehensive test of the missile and had proof that the missile was the work of the Iranians. The Revolutionary Guards of Iran, however, claimed that they were in no way involved in the attack.

"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's statement reads. "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."

Saudi Arabia also accused Iran of threatening peace and global security by violating UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which prohibits countries from supplying weapons to armed groups in Yemen. Therefore, according to the statement, the Saudi government "reserves (the) right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner."

The Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, in 2015. A Saudi-led military coalition has been at war with the Houthis ever since and the rebels have fired dozens of missiles at the Saudi Kingdom over the past two and a half years.

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