Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of committing an ‘act of war’ after the Houthi fighters of Yemen fired a ballistic missile towards Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabia demanded in a statement published on the Saudi news agency SPA they have evidence that Iran was behind the ballistic missile strike that hit the outskirt of Riyadh.
“The Coalition’s Command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and thus affirms the legitimate right of the Kingdom to defend its territory and people in accordance with Article (51) of the U.N. Charter,” Saudi statement on SPA reads.
Citing the proof that Tehran originally orchestrated the attack against Saudi Arabia, the SPA statement said, “After the thorough examination of the debris of these missiles, including the missile launched on July 22, 2017 by experts in military technology, has confirmed the role of Iran’s regime in manufacturing these missiles and smuggling them to the Houthi militias in Yemen for the purpose of attacking the Kingdom, its people, and vital interests.”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accused Iran of violating United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 that restricts countries from supplying arms to Yemeni fighting groups.
“Iran’s role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally,” the SPA statement said.
Saudi Arabia has warned of closing Yemeni grounds, air and sea borders for ‘investigating the missile strike.’
Iranian political leaders and the Revolutionary Guards have rejected the Saudi allegations.
Iran and Saudi Arabia relations to escalate more?
The Saudi-Iran enmity signaled to escalate after the Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri announced to resign ‘fearing for his life.’
Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia accusing Iran of orchestrating the plans to destabilize the Middle East.
Mr. Hariri said, “We live in an atmosphere similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik Hariri, and I have sensed that someone has been targeting me.”
“I refer, frankly and unequivocally, to Iran, which plants sedition, devastation and ruin, which is attested to by its interference in the internal affairs of the Arab nation, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen – driven by a deep hatred of the Arab nation and an overwhelming desire to destroy and control it.”
The Middle East experts, however, regard the Lebanese PM’s move as a Saudi enforced decision to rattle Iran and Hezbollah.
The ensuing conflicts are afflicting the region so fast that Security experts fear any premature move by the concerned countries could breed an all-out war between Iran and the Saudi allies.