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Arab World Condemns ‘Dangerous’ Attack against Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport

Arab World Condemns ‘Dangerous’ Attack against Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport

Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 - 10:00
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. (AFP)
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The Arab world condemned on Wednesday the terrorist attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen for against Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport.

The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Ministry strongly denounced the attack that utilized military projectile capabilities, which it deemed as new evidence of the Houthis’ hostile and terrorist tendencies that seek to undermine security and stability in the region.

"The UAE renews its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its stand with Riyadh in a unified step against any threat to the security and stability of the Kingdom and supports all measures taken by Saudi Arabia in the face of extremism and terrorism to maintain its security of its citizens and expatriate residents," read a statement carried by the UAE news agency (WAM).

"The security of the UAE and Saudi Arabia is indivisible," it noted, adding, "any threat or danger to the Kingdom's security is considered a threat to UAE's security and stability."

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa slammed the attack as a “dangerous escalation through Iranian weapons.”

He called for a “firm and clear international stance against Houthi terrorism and Iran’s support for it.”

Kuwait denounced the attack as a “dangerous escalation,” voicing its support to whatever measures Saudi Arabia takes in protecting its security and stability.

Egypt slammed the assault, saying attacks against airports are “flagrant violations of all international laws and norms.”

Its Foreign Ministry called on the international community to confront destabilizing terrorist acts.

The legitimate Yemeni government condemned the Abha attack, saying: “The Houthis only understand the language of weapons and force.”

The Arab coalition and legitimacy have no choice but to resort to the military option to end the Houthi terrorism, said government spokesman Rajeh Badi.

Lebanese Prime Minister said the criminal act confirms that efforts were still underway to target the security and stability of the Kingdom. He also voiced his solidarity with the Saudi leadership and people.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the “criminal and dangerous” assault, saying Palestine stands by Saudi Arabia, its King, government and people in confronting such attacks.

The Gulf Cooperation Council strongly deplored the attack, which Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani described as a "terrorist" crime that runs counter to the international humanitarian law.

He denounced the targeting of the populated areas and civilian facilities in Saudi Arabia.

He noted that the act is clear evidence of the Houthi militias' violation of all Islamic values and international laws, according to a statement carried by WAM.

He called on the international community to denounce such aggressive crimes committed by the Houthis against the civilian areas in the kingdom.

He also urged the UN Security Council to put an end to continued attacks carried out by the Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia, saying this is a clear threat to regional security and peace.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition had announced earlier on Wednesday that a Houthi projectile targeted the Abha airport, leaving 26 people wounded.

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