Saudi Arabia’s vice-defense minister vows to confront Houthis’ crimes with unwavering resolve

Saudi Arabia’s vice-defense minister vows to confront Houthis’ crimes with unwavering resolve

Saudi Arabia’s Defense deputy minister prince Khaled bin Salman has vowed Thursday that the kingdom will confront the crimes of the Iranian-backed Houthi group with unwavering resolve to secure its security and interests through the international laws.

Prince Khaled bin Salman also demanded the international society to stand on its duties to suspend this dangerous  practice.

The Iranian-backed Houthi group had attacked Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, resulting in 26 civilian casualties on Wednesday.

“The targeting of Abha Airport by Iranian-backed Houthi militia and injuring innocent civilians of various nationalities, is a continuation of their immoral and criminal behavior that is in line with the malign behavior of their patrons. I pray for a quick recovery for the wounded,” prince Khaled bin Salman wrote on his official twitter account after the attack.

“We will confront the Houthi militia’s crimes with unwavering resolve. Their targeting of a civilian airport exposes to the world the recklessness of Iran’s escalation and the danger it poses to regional security and stability.” The Saudi Arabia’s  Defense deputy minister added.

“Appropriate measures will be taken to confront and deter these terrorist militias. We will stand against all those that aim to inflict harm on our security and interests, and we will continue to adhere to all international laws and norms to protect regional security and stability,”

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab coalition that has supported the Yemeni government in its war against the Houthis for four years.

The conflict, which witnessed a major escalation in March 2015, destroyed most of Yemen’s cities. The Houthis controlled much of western Yemen and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

The Houthis controlled much of western Yemen and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

After the emergence of the Houthi group, believed to be militarily backed by Iran, which represents a regional Shiite force, Saudi Arabia and eight other Arab countries have launched an air campaign.

Riyadh says that it aims at restoring the legitimate government of Hadi Mansour in Yemen.