RIYADH: A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday shows damage to a home in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh in the aftermath of a missile attack claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. – AFP

KUWAIT: Kuwait on Saturday condemned in the strongest terms the Yemeni Houthi militias’ repeated terrorist attacks with booby-trapped drones and ballistic missiles on civilian targets in the Saudi capital Riyadh and other cities, said the Foreign Ministry. The persistence of these Houthi terrorist acts is a dangerous escalation that threatens Saudi Arabia’s security and the region’s stability, the ministry said in a statement.

It affirmed that these acts blatantly defy international and humanitarian laws and undermine international efforts to reach a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. The ministry also renewed Kuwait’s call to the international community, mainly the UN Security Council, to assume its responsibilities in stopping this escalation to help maintain international peace and security. The State of Kuwait backs the Kingdom in all the measures it takes to defend its security, stability and sovereignty, the foreign ministry reiterated.

Qatar also condemned in the strongest terms the missile attack that targeted Riyadh, which contravenes all international norms and laws. In a statement, “Doha reiterated its firm position on rejecting violence, criminal and sabotage acts, regardless of the motives and reasons.” The Houthis have intensified their targeting Saudi Arabia with explosive drones and ballistic missiles, which the coalition confirmed that they were all shot down without any injuries.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Al-Hajraf deplored the “terrorist” Houthi militias’ attacks with ballistic missiles and drones on Saudi capital, Riyadh, and other cities. In a press statement, Hajraf stressed that the repeated attacks launched by Houthis show a blatant challenge to the international community and a violation of all international laws and norms. He called on the international community to take immediate and decisive stances to stop these repeated “terrorist” acts that target Saudi Arabia’s civilian and vital facilities, and security and stability, according to the statement.

He lauded the vigilance and efficiency of the Saudi-led coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen and the success of the air defense forces to intercept these “terrorist” assaults launched by the militias. Hajraf confirmed GCC solidarity and backing to Saudi Arabia in all steps it takes to defend its territories, and maintain security and safety of its citizens and residents. He stressed that the “Kingdom’s security is part and parcel of the GCC member states’ security.”

In the meantime, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has condemned in the strongest terms the Yemeni Houthi militias’ firing of a ballistic missile towards the Saudi capital Riyadh and launching of five explosive-laden drones towards several other southern Saudi cities. In a press statement, OIC Secretary General Ahmad Al-Othaimeen expressed support to the Saudi-led coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen in all measures it takes to stop Houthi terrorist militias war crimes and targeting of civilian areas in the Saudi Kingdom. – KUNA