ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned yesterday’s Houthi ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.
“Pakistan commends the Government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missiles and limiting the casualties,” the Foreign Office stated in a press release on Monday.
“The Government and people of Pakistan reiterate their full support and solidarity with the leadership, the government and people of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and against the Haramain Sharifain.”
The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels fired three missiles at Riyadh and four others at the southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran, with the coalition saying they all targeted populated areas.
“This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Huthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities,” coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said.
“The firing of multiple ballistic missiles towards cities is a serious development.”
Reportedly, one Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by falling shrapnel in Riyadh.
The Huthi-run Al-Masira television channel claimed the rebels had targeted Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport as well as other airstrips in the south of the kingdom.
The strikes come after the US defence secretary last week urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to Washington to pursue “urgent efforts” to end Yemen’s wrenching conflict.