Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the missile attack on Saudi Arabia

26.03.2018 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (26 March) on the new missile attack on the Saudi Arabian capital and several other cities in the southern part of the country by Yemeni Houthi rebels on 25 March 2018:

We condemn the new missile attack from Yemen on Riyadh and three other cities in southern Saudi Arabia in the strongest possible terms. According to media reports from the region, one person was killed and two others injured. There can be no justification for this.

The missile attacks on Saudi Arabia must finally stop. They escalate the conflict and threaten to undermine the ongoing endeavours by the new Special Envoy, who is currently holding mediation talks in Yemen.

Following three years of armed conflict, the humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic. We now urgently need a political solution to the Yemen conflict.

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:

Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for yesterday’s missile attack on Riyadh and three other cities in southern Saudi Arabia, Khamis Mushait, Najran and Jizan. The airports were the alleged target.

According to the Saudi authorities, all of the missiles were intercepted. However, falling missile parts are said to have killed one person and injured two others in Riyadh. There were earlier missile attacks on Riyadh on 4 November and 19 December 2017.


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