Saudi Arabia managed to intercept and destroy three ballistic missiles and three explosive-laden drones launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi extremist militia towards the Saudi oil-rich Eastern Region, Jizan, and Najran, the Saudi Ministry of Defense’s statement informed as quoted by Al Arabiya.
The Saudi ministry spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki said that, unfortunately, the interception caused shrapnel scattering over Dammam’s suburb that injured two Saudi children and slightly damaged14 residential homes.
Al-Maliki stressed that this barbaric and irresponsible behavior by the Houthi militia in trying to target civilians and civilian objects, is incompatible with humanitarian principles and reflects the deterioration of their position on the fronts.
Later in the day, Houthi militants announced that they’d launched eight armed drones and ballistic missiles attacks at Saudi Aramco facilities in Ras Tanura and other locations including Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast.
No official comment was issued by Saudi Aramco, but a source familiar with the issues said the attack happened outside its facilities and there was no impact on the company’s infrastructure.
The Saudi Ministry of Defense noted it will take the necessary and deterrent measures to stop these hostile and cross-border attacks in order to protect its lands and capabilities, civilians and civilian objects in accordance with international humanitarian law.
Meanwhile, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the attacks, Houthi aggressions and those who provide the militia with money and weapons, with its Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen affirming d the organization’s support for all measures taken by the Kingdom to protect its land, security, and stability.