Wed, 2019-06-12 14:46
RIYADH: Leaders from around the Arab world have condemned a Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabias Abha International Airport.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the Iranian-backed Houthi militia targeted the airport in southern Saudi Arabia, which injured 26 civilians, an Arab coalition spokesman said.
The UAE, in its condemnation of the attack, said the act was proof of the Houthi militias attempts to “undermine regional security.”
In a statement, the Emirati foreign ministry renewed its “full solidarity” with Saudi Arabia and said it “stands with Riyadh against any threat to the Kingdoms security and stability.”
The UAE also renewed its support for all measures taken to combat extremism and Houthi terrorism to preserve the Kingdoms security and the safety of its citizens and residents on its territory.
The ministry also wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Bahrain also said on Wednesday that it “strongly condemned” the attack, calling it a “terrorist and cowardly criminal act against innocent civilians.”
Bahrains Foreign Ministry expressed support with “the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and affirmed “the need for a strong-willed international stand against Iran to stop it supporting these recurrent terrorist acts.”
Kuwait echoed Bahrains condemnation of the targeting, saying that the targeting was a “criminal attack” on innocent people.
The Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed expressed his and his countrys condemnation of the sinful terrorist act that targeted innocent lives and destabilized security and stability.
In a cable sent to King Salman, the amir reiterated Kuwaits support for all measures taken by the Kingdom to confront terrorism and preserve its security.
The US Embassy in Saudi Arabia condemned in the strongest terms the Houthi militia attack which “targeted innocent civilians."
On behalf of Ambassador #Abizaid and the entire U.S Mission in Saudi Arabia, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the Houthi attack on innocent civilians at #AbhaAirport. We wish those injured a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/SO2JheS9Ia
— U.S. Mission to KSA (@USAinKSA) June 12, 2019
The US Mission in the Kingdom also issued a security alert and said the Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran are monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon said the attack showed “new evidence” of Iran's malicious role in the region.
— Arab News (@arabnews) June 12, 2019
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also condemned the Houthi criminal act and called on all to similarly condemn the attack, Al-Arabiya TV reported.
Saudi Arabias foreign ministry said the attack on the Kingdoms territory represented a “serious escalation.”
Egypt said it stands by Saudi Arabia following the attack, calling for an immediate halt to all attacks on Saudi territory, saying it will “defy any attempt to target” the Kingdom.
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned the “terrorist attack” on the airport, and that Jordan supports Saudi Arabia in all measures taken to preserve its security.
Speaker of the Arab Parliament Mishal bin Fahm Al-Salami denounced the attack. In a statement Al-Salami called on the UN Security Council to adopt a firm position to classify the Houthi militia as a terrorist group for
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