Saudi Arabia is blaming Iran for Yemen Shi'ite rebels launching a ballistic missile at its capital, Riyadh, warning it could be “considered as an act of war.”
That’s according to a statement early Monday from the Saudi-led coalition now battling Shi'ite Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen on behalf of its internationally recognized government.
The statement said: “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. Therefore, 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.”
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The statement adds: “The coalition command also affirms that the Kingdom reserves its right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner.”
Iran has backed the Houthi rebels, but denies arming them. There was no immediate response from Iran over the Saudi threat.