‘Iran’s supply of rockets to Houthis an act of war against Kingdom’

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman
Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh — Iran supplying Houthi militias in Yemen with rockets is considered “direct military aggression,” Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, said on Tuesday.

Iran’s supply of rockets to the Houthis could “constitute an act of war against the Kingdom,” Saudi Press Agency quoted the Crown Prince as saying in a telephone call with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh international airport, fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The British foreign secretary condemned the ballistic missile attack by Houthi coup militias on the city of Riyadh, denunciating the deliberate targeting of civilians.

He affirmed Britain’s stand with the Kingdom in confronting security threats.

On Monday, the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen said it reserved the “right to respond” to the missile attack, calling it a blatant military aggression by the Iranian regime which might amount to an act of war.

The coalition sealed Yemen’s air, sea and land borders, saying they were being closed to fill the gaps in inspection procedures that enable “smuggling of missiles and military equipment to the Houthi militias.”

The United States on Monday praised Saudi Arabia for “exposing” Iran’s role in Yemen and Tehran’s provision of missile systems to Houthi militia fighting there.

“We continue to maintain strong defense ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and work together on common security priorities to include combat operations against violent extremist organizations, and neutralizing Iran’s destabilizing influence in the Middle East region,” said Pentagon spokesman Marine Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway.

Iranian opposition journalist Mohammad Nourizad said in an interview broadcast on YouTube that he thinks the Iranian regime is involved in targeting Riyadh with the ballistic missile which Houthi militias fired from Yemen.

Nourizad slammed the Iranian regime and described it as “the regime of the bloody Middle Ages” and criticized it for interfering in Iraq and Syria.

“Iran is bitterly confronting the fear of removal,” he said.

Nourizad, who was part of Ali Khamenei’s close circles before defecting from them, said the world views Iran in such a horrific way.

“They see it like there is a bunch of executors and killers governing while taking the people hostage,” he said.

Nourizad also called on the Iranians to engage in peaceful struggle to change the regime.

“Our struggle does not call for taking up weapons or hanging mullahs. We must resume peaceful work to force them to submit,” he added.