World leaders on Monday condemned the Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia, targeting various civilian areas.
The seven ballistic missiles were fired by the Houthi militia in Yemen on Sunday night, the Arab Coalition said.
Three of the missiles were fired towards Riyadh, two to Jazan, and one each towards Khamis Mushayt and Najran which Saudi air defences intercepted.
In response the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Pakistan and the Arab League condemned the attack which killed one Egyptian civilian worker and injured two others.
The internationally recognised government of Yemen, which has been fighting the militias since 2015, also condemned the Houthi attack.
Witnesses reported loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky over Riyadh, apparently caused by missiles being shot down.
Since November, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia fired multiple missiles into Saudi Arabia, all of which Saudi forces successfully intercepted without causing any damages to lives or property.
Britain on Sunday called on Iran to “stop sending weapons” to Houthi militias and use its influence instead to end the conflict, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.
In a joint statement on the occasion of the three-year anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led Arab military intervention against the Houthi militias in Yemen, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said “if Iran is sincere in its commitment to support a political solution in Yemen, it must stop sending weapons that prolong the conflict, fuel regional tensions and pose a threat to international peace and security.”
“We are wondering why Iran is spending a lot of money in a country with which it has no real historical ties or interests, rather than using its influence to end the conflict for the benefit of the Yemeni people,” ministers said in their statement.
In September 2014, the Houthis expelled pro-government forces from Sanaa and took control of the capital and several parts of the country.
“We support the efforts of the Saudi-led coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, as approved by the U.N. Security Council,” the British ministers said in a statement.
A report by U.N. experts concluded Tehran was involved in arming the Houthis.
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