For the third time, Two Houthi Rockets tried to target Mecca

Ballistic missile launched by Houthi
  • For the third time, the Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepts an attempt by the Houthi militias of Iran to target Mecca and Jeddah with two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen and intercepted in the skies of Jeddah and Taif early yesterday morning.

The Patriot radar systems detected a missile launched from Yemen towards Mecca and was intercepted by air defenses in Taif before reaching the target. Hours after the Houthi attempt failed, the militias fired another missile at Mecca and was intercepted by the Saudi air force over Jeddah.

This hostile act by the Houthi terrorist militias of Iran demonstrates the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed militias with qualitative capabilities in clear defiance of UN resolutions nos. 2216 and 2231 with the aim of threatening Saudi security and threatening the regional and international security. The firing of ballistic missiles towards populated towns and villages is also contrary to international humanitarian law.

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces have intercepted 227 ballistic missiles fired from Yemen towards a number of Saudi areas, including the two Holy Mosques, where Iran continued to supply the militias with such missiles before the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began responding to the appeal of Yemeni legitimacy to intervene and save Yemen from the Houthi militias of Iran.

Since the first moments of the “operation decisive storm”, Arab coalition’s air force planes have destroyed many rocket launchers, some of which were covered with trees in anticipation of their detection. Others are put among civilians in residential neighborhoods, as well as in schools. However, the Arab Coalition forces ignore the targeting of rockets by civilians while at the same time placing their sites under surveillance.

According to previous international reports issued by Yemen sanctions committee, recent evidences of Iran’s violation of international resolutions have been uncovered by supplying Houthi militias with weapons and equipment, including ballistic missiles and drones launched at Saudi Arabia.

It is not ruled out that there are foreign missile experts providing Houthi militias with technical advice in Yemen, or that missile experts of the revolutionaries in Yemen have received training in another country, especially after the verification of missile debris on 22 July and 4 November 2017, it turned out that the designs of the debris similar to the Iranian design of the Qiam-1 (“Uprising”) missiles, which means that the rockets were made in the same factory.

The Yemeni legitimacy condemned the Houthi targeting the Holy Lands, after the Saudi Air Force intercepted the two missiles in the skies of Taif and Jeddah. Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani said that the attempt of the Houthi terrorist attack, upon Iranian orders, targeting Mecca, reveals the desire of the Iranian regime to inflict the greatest number of civilian casualties and provoke the feelings of millions of Muslims throughout the world and escalate the conflict in the region. He also added that this attack reveals full Iranian control over the decision within the Houthi militias, directing it to serve its agenda in escalating the conflict in the region, without regard to the critical political and economic conditions and the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen as a result of the coup launched by these militias.

“They really do not want war in Iran, but they want it in Yemen and Syria, and they are working through their arms to tear up the Arab nation,” Yemeni Minister of Endowments and Guidance, Dr. Ahmed Atiyyah commented on Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif’s statement about his country’s unwillingness to fight.