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Coalition warns Iran as Saudi foils missile raid

AFP, Reuters/Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Filed on March 26, 2018 | Last updated on March 26, 2018 at 10.56 pm
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.-Reuters
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.-Reuters

We "reserve the right to respond against Iran at the right time and right place", coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki told a news conference.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia on Monday threatened retaliation against Iran, accusing the country of being behind multiple Yemeni rebel missile attacks on the kingdom.

We "reserve the right to respond against Iran at the right time and right place", coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki told a news conference.

Saudi forces said they intercepted seven Yemeni rebel missiles on Sunday, including over the capital Riyadh, in what Malki dubbed a "deadly escalation" that coincided with the third anniversary of the coalition's military intervention in Yemen.

One Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by falling shrapnel in Riyadh, authorities said, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight.

Displaying wreckage of what he said were fragments of missiles fired on Sunday, Malki claimed forensic analysis showed they were supplied by Iran.

The UAE also blamed Iran directly. "The message of the Houthi-Iranian missiles is clear," said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash on his official Twitter account.

 "There's no coexisting with a terrorist militia which threatens the stability of our region and is a proxy of Tehran," Dr Gargash tweeted.

 


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