Saudi Arabia to Iran: Yemen Missile Attack Bordering on 'Act of War'

A statement early Monday from the Saudi-led coalition now battling Shi'ite Houthi rebels warned the ballistic missile launched at Riyadh could be 'considered as an act of war'

A still image taken from a video distributed by Yemen's pro-Houthi Al Masirah television station on November 5, 2017, shows what it says was the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Riyadh's King Khaled Airport on Saturday
Houthi Military Media Unit via REUTERS TV

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.”

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.