File picture shows armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, stand next to an armoured vehicle in the area of Sirwah west of Marib city. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi: Gulf and Arab states and international and Islamic organisations were prompt in condemning the Al Houthi attack using drones and ballistic missiles, against civilian targets in Saudi Arabia. The coalition intercepted these projectiles.

The attack by the Iran-backed Al Houthis, which included the use of four ballistic missiles and seven booby-trapped drones comes at a time when Iranian cities are exposed to mysterious bombings targeting sensitive installations.

Observers believe that it is not strange for Iran to resort to a bloody escalation, through its tools in the region, especially before the American elections in November, to pressure the international community, and save face for the Tehran regime, which is living its worst days. “The international community should pay attention to this trick, and link the events together, and not be blind to the fact that the Yemeni crisis has a regional party that does not want it to end, and this party is Iran,” said Dr. Hisham Al Ghannam, the chief researcher at the Gulf Centre, reported Asharq Al Awsat.

While there were no material or human losses recorded in Al Houthi attack on civilians in Saudi Arabia, Colonel Turki Al Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition in Yemen, said the joint coalition forces intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by Al Houthi militia towards the Kingdom to deliberately target civilians and civilian objects. He also announced the interception and destruction of “booby-trapped” drones.

Egypt condemned Al Houthi attack, and affirmed its full solidarity with the Kingdom.

Al Houthi attacks were condemned by the UAE and Bahrain, and similar condemnations were also issued by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Gulf Cooperation Council.