Sunday, the 25th of March, 2018 marked three years of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Houthi militias in Yemen chose the day to bombard civilians residing in the four city areas of Saudi Arabia using the ballistic missiles supplied by Iran.
The Saudi-led coalition displayed wreckage from the ballistic missiles fired at the Kingdom by Houthi militia. An analysis of the wreckage indicated their supply from Iran. According to spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition has all rights reserved to “respond against Iran at the right time and right place”.
Even though the Saudi Air Defense Forces promptly intercepted the missile, world leaders mutually condemned the attack and expressed anger for the Houthis on the following day. The successful interception of the missile ensured zero casualties. However, an Egyptian expat worker lost his life’ in collateral damage as a piece of the missiles’ debris fell upon him, killing him on impact while two others were maimed.
A total of seven Iran-supplied projectiles were fired by the Houthis, out of which three targeted Riyadh, two targeted Jazan while the rest of the missiles were launched toward the south-west cities, Khamis Mushayt and Najran. Reportedly, the prompt tackle by Saudi air defense forces succeeded in intercepting all seven missiles fired toward the Kingdom.
According to the Saudi-led coalition, which is backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government, the attack was well-planned considering the way it targeted just the populated areas. The United States immediately joined the chorus of anger expressed by world leaders and condemned the houthi-led attack.
A representative speaking on the behalf of the US Department of State, Heather Nauert said, “We support our Saudi partners’ right to defend their borders against these threats. We continue to call on all parties, including the Houthis, to return to political negotiations and move toward ending the war in Yemen”.
Besides the analysis result, another proof of Iranian involvement in the Houthi-led attack on Saudi Arabia is a report by UN experts that concluded Tehran’s involvement in arming the rebels.
The United Nations has been making continuous efforts in the direction of pushing both sides to talk on negotiations.