Wednesday morning, July 18, 2018, Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces detected, at 10:15 AM local time, a ballistic missile fired towards the southwestern city of Najran, which was intercepted and destroyed. This reflects the second time this week that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia launched such an attack against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The missile was fired from the Saadah Province in Yemen. The Spokesperson for the Coalition Forces to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al-Malki reiterated that this was one of many deliberate attacks targeting densely populated areas. At this time, there are no reported injuries.
Col. Al-Maliki stated this attack is a clear violation of United Nations Resolutions 2216 and 2231, threatening the security of the Kingdom and that of the region. It further emphasizes the damaging role Iran is playing in the region, providing the Houthi militias with weapons and ammunition. The firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is a violation of International Humanitarian Law, proving that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia continues to blatantly disregard international norms.