White House condemns missile attacks on Saudi by Yemen's Houthis

Andrew Cummings
November 8, 2017

In another Saudi bombshell, the country said Monday that Lebanon had effectively declared war against it because of aggression from Hezbollah, who is represented in the Lebanese parliament, and was part of Hariri's coalition government.

"The involvement of Iran in supplying missiles to the Houthis is a direct military aggression by the Iranian regime", the official Saudi Press Agency quoted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying.

The ongoing proxy war in Yemen has killed at least 10,000 and injured 40,000, due to mostly Saudi-led airstrikes. Saudi Arabia said that the missiles were intercepted as they headed to the Saudi capital Riyadh.

"This unlawful attack is no justification for Saudi Arabia to exacerbate Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe by further restricting aid and access to the country", it said.

Rouhani reiterated that Iran wanted a peaceful settlement of the conflict between the rebels and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and of other wars around the region that have placed it at loggerheads with Riyadh.

The missile, intercepted and destroyed near Riyadh worldwide airport, was the first to reach the Saudi capital and underscored the growing fallout for Saudi Arabia and its UAE ally from their involvement in neighboring Yemen.

The United Nations on Tuesday called on the coalition to re-open an aid lifeline into Yemen, saying food and medicine imports were vital for 7 million people facing starvation.

"If these channels, these lifelines, are not kept open it is catastrophic for people who are already in what we have already called the world's worst humanitarian crisis", said Laerke. "The Saudis and their supporters know that this is a faked story", he said. It was "a type of weapon that had not been present in Yemen before the conflict, constituting violations of UN Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231", Haley's office said.

"Saudi Arabia's announcement confirms once again the Iranian regime's complete disregard for its global obligations".

"We encourage the United Nations and worldwide partners to take necessary action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations", Haley said.

Since Saturday's missile attack, the Saudi-led coalition has tightened its blockade of rebel-held areas of Yemen, blocking even United Nations-supervised relief supplies despite urgent appeals from the world body.

Meanwhile, the United Nations continues to work to open Yemen's ports to humanitarian traffic again, as the group's deputy spokesman told The Associated Press.

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