Cairo - "This criminal act of targeting the Grand Mosque of Makkah is evidence that these gangs intend to target holy sites."
The rebel Yemeni Houthi-Saleh group's attempt to target Makkah city, home to the most sacred sites in Islam, including the Grand Mosque, with a ballistic missile fired from Yemen's northwestern Saada province on Thursday night, is, by all means, an atrocious criminal act, the Arab Parliament, a body of the Arab League, said on Friday.
"This criminal act of targeting the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque of Makkah) is evidence that these gangs intend to target the holiest sites for Arabs and Muslims to provoke their feelings," Speaker of the Arab Parliament Ahmed Mohammed Al Jarwan said in a statement.
Al Jarwan called upon Muslim countries "to join forces to prevent the Houthi gangs and their supporters from perpetrating further criminal acts through which they seek to incite sectarian wars that would destroy countries and peoples."
Earlier, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition conducting a campaign to restore legitimacy to Yemen said it had intercepted and destroyed the ballistic missile 65 kilometres from Makkah City.
The Secretary-General of the six-member Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani, in a statement, condemned the missile attack as "a provocation of the feelings of all Muslims in the world."