martedì 27 marzo 2018
Report of the Coalition Joint Forces Command on the ballistic missiles launched towards KSA
Spokesperson for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Malki named Egyptian national Abdulmotalib Ahmed Hussain Ali as the victim of Sunday night’s ballistic missile attacks on the Kingdom by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, expressing condolences and support for the family.
Addressing ambassadors, military attachés, media and NGO representatives in Riyadh, Col. Al-Malki also presented debris of multiple missiles launched towards the Kingdom and unveiled newly declassified evidence that proves beyond reasonable doubt that Iran is providing Houthis with advanced military capability, including UAVs, sea-born IEDs and unmanned speed boats, as well as surface-to-surface Zelzal rockets, mid-range Sayyad and long-range Qiam ballistic missiles.
The seven ballistic missiles – intercepted over Riyadh, Jazan, Najran and Khamis Mushait – brought the total number of missiles launched towards Saudi Arabia to an unprecedented 104 during the three years of conflict.
“All of the Houthi missiles bear clear fingerprints of the Iranian regime – world’s main state sponsor of terrorism. Due to their support, the Houthis became the first militia in the world with long-range ballistic missile capability, threatening not only regional but also international security. The UN Security Council should take action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for infringing its resolutions and threatening regional security,” said Col. Al-Malki.
Citing the Article 51 of the UN Charter, Col. Al-Malki also said the Coalition has the right to defend its territories and retaliate to Iran at a suitable time.
Unveiling the debris of the missiles launched towards Riyadh in December for the first time, Col. Al-Malki also presented declassified intelligence material on strategic Iranian involvement in the Yemen conflict, including satellite imagery, and compared the shrapnel collected across Kingdom against material published on Houthi propaganda media.
The spokesperson invited the audience to inspect the debris for themselves, pointing to Iranian engineering specifics visible on the Iranian Qiam missiles, such as the larger number of external valves, extended tail that magnifies reach, and the engine part bearing the logo of the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group – five subsidiaries of which are under the US Treasury sanctions for supporting Iranian ballistic missile programme.
The mechanism of smuggling starts with the Iranians dividing the larger ballistic missiles into four parts, which are then separately smuggled through Hodaydah port, and later reassembled under Iranian expert supervision, the spokesperson said, showcasing the welding parts visible on the debris.
Highlighting another critical development, the Spokesperson revealed satellite imagery showing the International Sanaa airport now being used as a Houthi military base, station for the smuggled arms and the launchpad for ballistic missiles.
Spokesman of the Coalition Forces for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Malki confirmed today that the crimes committed by the Iranian regime, including trafficking of weapons, supporting the terror groups and organizations and providing them with qualitative military capabilities like ballistic and thermal missiles and drones as well as booby-trapped speed boats constitute devastating threat to regional and international security and flagrant violation of the international law and world community relevant resolutions, noting that the world community and the Security Council ought to take the necessary measures to hold the Iranian regime accountable for violating the UN Security Council resolutions, including 2231 and 2216.
In a press conference at the Armed Forces Club in Riyadh, Al-Malki said the Iran-backed Houthi militias have launched as many as seven ballistic missiles last night carrying the stamp of the terror-sponsor Iranian regime. Thanks to Allah Almighty, all missiles were successfully intercepted by the Saudi Royal Air Defense forces before reaching their targets in Riyadh (three), Jazan (two), and one in each of Najran and Khamis Mishait.
He said one of the missiles targeting Riyadh, regrettably, resulted in the martyrdom of an expatriate and injury of two, all Egyptians. The scattering splinters of the missiles have dispersed over a number of Riyadh civilian-populated neighborhoods, in a flagrant violation of the international law.
Col. Al-Malki extended the Coalition forces' condolences to the family of (Martyr) Abdulmottaleb Ahmed Hussein Ali and the Egyptian people on the bereaved loss, resulting from the heinous hostile Houthi attack, noting that the possession of a terror group like the Houthi militia of ballistic missiles is considered a flagrant threat to the regional and international security, mounting pressure on the world community to work together to confront this serious escalation.
He said the combination of extremist ideology and a terror-sponsor state has contributed to further stirring up struggles in some regions, adding that the lack of both tolerance and co-existence and the dominance of expansionist revolutionary thoughts were designed to spread chaos and hegemony. The situation in Yemen is a sample of this scenario representing the accumulation of the forces of evil and destruction.
Col. Al-Maliki said Yemen has so much suffered from the extremist ideology of the Iran-backed Houthis who usurped power in Sanaa and controlled the State's institutions, including vital capabilities and heavy weapons, a development that led to the destabilization of the country and suffering of its people.
"Yemen has suffered from interference by the Iranian regime in its internal affairs and its national sovereignty, by supporting the Houthi armed militia with ballistic missiles and suicide drones, as well as booby-trapped and suicide fast boats and other sophisticated weapons and specific capabilities to include the development and manufacture of surface-to-surface missiles, anti-tank missiles, land and sea mines, explosive devices and the development of many capabilities and their diversion to hostile uses such as missiles and aircraft bombs which is a clear and explicit violation of the international law, the Charter of the United Nations and UN resolutions, including resolutions 2216 and resolution 2231," Spokesman of the Coalition Forces for Supporting the Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Malki said.
He added, "The Houthi militia, backed by Iran, has become the first terrorist group in history to possess ballistic capabilities and launch them against the Yemeni people inside and against its neighbors, specifically Saudi Arabia, to reach villages and border towns, and to Makkah, Yanbu and Riyadh, thus provoking the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, by targeting the Holy Lands of the Muslims, and pose a threat of the possibility of transmission of these ballistic capabilities to organized crime groups of smugglers as well as terrorist organizations around the world while continuing to threaten neighboring countries with public and hostile threats such as the threat against the United Arab Emirates."
He noted the seriousness of what may result from these barbaric attacks of hundreds or even thousands of civilian and innocent victims if they fell on residential neighborhoods, universities, hospitals and other civilian objects.
He pointed out that the barbaric targeting calls for balance and wisely dealing with the event by the coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen by taking the necessary measures to protect the national security in the countries of the coalition and meeting the needs of imports in Yemen of the necessary materials and the needs of the Yemeni people for relief and humanitarian materials which were affected by the coup of the Houthi militia backed by Iran, which led the coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen to close all Yemeni ports with the continuation of the entry of relief and humanitarian materials so that gaps in the United Nations verification and inspection of ports under the control of the coup were reviewed and corrected and through which the ballistic missiles were smuggled and delivered to the armed Houthi militia through the port of Hodeidah.
He pointed out that all imports, oil derivatives, relief and humanitarian materials have been transferred to the ports under the control of the legitimate government, after which all the land, sea and air ports were opened to reach 22 ports operating at full capacity.
During the press conference, Colonel al-Maliki reviewed pictures of an Iranian air defense-type Siad 2 missile that the Iranian regime smuggled to the Houthi armed militia in a shipment of weapons and smuggled technology in a blatant challenge to UN resolution 2216 in order to prolong the undermining by the Huthi militia of the security of Yemen and the region and to make gains for the militia to compensate for the continuing losses in their ranks.
He stressed that the coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen was able in a quality operation to seize a number of missiles ( Siad 2) of Iran before reaching the hands of the armed militia Houthi through surveillance and careful follow-up and the launch vehicle at Sanaa International Airport was also targeting during training with the help of experts from the Iranian regime, pointing out that the use of Sanaa International Airport as a military barracks and a station for the arrival of smuggled weapons and missiles of all kinds made it a military base to launch ballistic, thermal and quality missiles on the inside of Yemen and neighboring countries, which constitutes a threat and dangerous development and a flagrant violation of the provisions and rules of international humanitarian law subjecting United Nations and aid organizations aircraft heading to and from Sanaa International Airport to targeting.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that while the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia, as well as the Iranian regime sponsoring and supporting terrorism were providing weapons and destruction to Yemen, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a generous order to deposit two billion dollars in the Central Bank of Yemen to support the Yemeni economy in addition to other help to Yemen.
He added that the coalition will continue to exert all efforts to enable the legitimate government in Yemen to extend its authority and sovereignty for Yemen to become a safe and stable Yemen and to stand with the brotherly Yemeni people. The coalition forces will take all measures to stop brutal and barbaric attacks on Saudi cities and villages in accordance with the law. The coalition will support efforts to reach a political solution as a better option to get out of the crisis based on the three references.
Colonel al-Maliki stressed that the coalition will continue to play its fundamental role on behalf of the international community in the implementation of measures to establish security and stability in the Bab al-Mandab strait and the Red Sea as well as the continuation and safety of freedom of navigation and international trade.
He stressed that coalition countries have the right to legitimate self-defense as stipulated in Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations and preserving the Kingdom's right to retaliate against Iran at the appropriate time and form guaranteed by international law and the inherent right to defend its territory, people and interests under international conventions, including the Charter of the United Nations.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki reviewed one of the ballistic missiles launched on the city of Riyadh on the nineteenth of December, which proves the involvement of the Iranian regime in providing the Houthi armed terrorist militia with ballistic missiles, pointing out that targeting the capital Riyadh, which is inhabited by 8 million of civilian population and the claim by the Houthi armed militia to target civilian objects violates international and humanitarian law, stressing that the Iranian regime must be held accountable for providing the Houthi armed militia with such qualitative missiles to stop the flow of these weapons to terrorist groups around the world.
Some of the Iranian missiles, including Zilzal 2, Zilzal 3 and Siad 2, were confirmed, confirming the control of some of these missiles by the coalition forces. In addition to the destruction of the system at Sana'a Airport in taking it as a military barracks in violation of international law, targeting civilians and providing Houthi militias with such missiles which threaten regional and international security and which are the responsibility of the international community to counter such attempts.
He pointed out that by firing ballistic missiles, 87 percent of the ballistic missiles fired on Saudi Arabia, which reached 104 ballistic missiles, were launched on Saudi cities, including Makkah and Riyadh, indicating that most of the ballistic missiles come from Sa'ada governorate, north of Imran, the headquarters or location of the Huthi militia. Support of weapons through the Iranian regime is based in the province of Sa'ada and Imran.