On Friday, the coalition’s spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki sated that the Arab Coalition interrupted and demolished three booby-trapped drones, which belong to the Iran-supported Houthi militia and were launched towards Saudi Arabia. According to the coalition, the drones were launched from the Yemeni city of Hodeidah.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), al-Maliki indicated that the Houthi militia remains to violate the Stockholm Agreement, which was a deal signed by the government and the Houthi militia in 2018 that appeals for the withdrawal of troops and use Hodeidah as a launching point for its terrorist activities and assaults.
He also said that the assaults threatened regional and international security and undermines the political efforts put by the Stockholm Agreement.
Moreover, Al-Maliki related that the coalition put the appropriate measures to deal with the Houthis pressures in conformity to the international humanitarian law, and continuing to back the political efforts made by the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths. Indeed, the unsuccessful assault is the latest try by the Houthis to target the Kingdom and innocent civilians in the country.
In fact, Iran supports the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war against the internationally-recognized government. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) provides the Houthis with missiles, drones, and training, which allowing the group to target airports and other critical infrastructure.
The United States declared previously this week that it would be designating the group as a terrorist organization, and three of its heads as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).
The decision is welcomed by the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which said that the step was harmonized with the Yemeni government’s efforts to put an end to the violations of the Iran-backed militia and the real dangers it poses, which has led to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation of the Yemeni people, and the ongoing threats to the international peace and security.