martedì 19 dicembre 2017
Houthi Ballistic Missile towards Riyadh Intercepted. Strong condemnation by Italy.
Dec 19, 2017. Spokesman of the Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Maliki stated that, at 01:39 p.m. today, the coalition air defense forces monitored a ballistic missile launched from the Yemeni territories towards the Kingdom's territories.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he said that the missile was indiscriminately launched towards Riyadh to target the civilian and populated areas. He added that the missile was intercepted by Patriot, south of Riyadh, without any damage or loss of life.
"This hostile and indiscriminate act by the Iran-back Houthi armed group proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities in a clear and blatant defiance of the UN resolution no. 2216 and resolution no. 2231 aiming to threaten the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the regional and international security. Launching ballistic missiles towards populated cities and villages is contrary to the international humanitarian law," he added.
Colonel Al-Maliki called upon the international community to take serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations of transferring ballistic weapons to terrorist and outlaw groups and to hold them accountable for their support and defiance of violating international norms and values.
The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, strongly condemns the new launch of a ballistic missile from Yemen to Saudi Arabia, in the direction of Riyadh.
"The action of the Houthi rebels constitutes a threat to peace and regional stability" - said the head of Italian diplomacy - "and dismisses the prospect of a negotiated and inclusive solution to the crisis that has gripped Yemen for more than three years .
"It is time that the spiral of violence fueled by such gestures of useless challenge stops" - continued Alfano - "and that the parties in this crisis decide to return to the negotiating table to find, through dialogue, a peaceful solution that represents the only possibility to end the conflict and the suffering of the civilian population. "
"Italy reiterates its support for the efforts of the United Nations to mediate the crisis and the progress of the cause of peace in Yemen and in the region", concluded the head of Farnesina.