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Federal Foreign Office on renewed missile attack on Riyadh and other cities in Saudi Arabia

12.04.2018 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (12 April) on yesterday’s missile attack from Yemen on the capital of Saudi Arabia and two other cities:

The disastrous humanitarian situation in the country and the most recent missile attack on Saudi Arabia make plain how urgent it is to find a political solution to the Yemen conflict.

We condemn the renewed missile attack on Riyadh and other parts of Saudi Arabia. There can be no justification for them. The attacks only serve to exacerbate the situation which is already difficult and threaten to undermine the mediation efforts being undertaken by Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Special Envoy. He continues to have our full support in his endeavours.

We call on the parties to declare an immediate ceasefire and engage in negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations. The Yemen conflict can only be resolved by political means.

Background information:

On 11 April, missile attacks were again launched from Yemen on the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, and on the cities of Najran and Jizan. According to Saudi Arabian sources, air defence forces were able to intercept the missiles.

There were earlier missile attacks on Riyadh on 4 November and 19 December 2017, and again on 25 March 2018.

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