Saudi Arabia thwarts Huthi missile attack on Mecca

The KSA UAE Bahrain and Egypt have imposed an economic and diplomatic boycott on Qatar since June 2017 over allegations that Doha supports terrorism and is cosying up to regional foe Iran. Qatar denies the charges. — Reuters  File

Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington.

A Saudi coalition spokesman said, "Royal Saudi Defence Forces spotted aerial targets flying through restricted areas in the provinces of Jeddah and Taif and dealt with them as required by the situation", according to Saudi's state news agency SPA.

The UAE also urged the global community to act immediately to stop such terrorist attacks targeting the Holy Places in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On Tuesday, Saudi-led coalition's spokesman Turkie al-Maleki said a vital civilian facility in Najran was targeted with a drone carrying explosives.

The attacks on Najran airport came after Saudi forces intercepted "ballistic missiles" above the Saudi western cities of Jeddah and Taif on Monday.

Yemen's Al-Massirah TV channel quoted military source as saying that air defense system in the Yemeni army downed a hostile drone in Hodeidah.

Houthi commanders called the claim a tactic by Saudi Arabia to rally support for its war in Yemen.

The four-year conflict in Yemen has devastated the country, leaving much of the population on the brink of starvation.

Last week, Saudi Arabia temporarily shut down a key oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks on two pumping stations. That came as already this month, officials in the United Arab Emirates alleged that four oil tankers were sabotaged and USA diplomats relayed a warning that commercial airlines could be misidentified by Iran and attacked, something dismissed by Tehran.

"But given all the regional conflicts that we have seen over the past decade and the shape of these attacks, it seems like it's quite possible that Iran was behind these", he told the Hugh Hewitt show.

Saudi Arabia is to host twin summits in Mecca next week of the Arab League and of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Saudi said it was up to Iran to avoid war.

Related News:

Most liked

Redmi Note 7S with 48MP launched in India for Rs 10999
The only thing setting it apart froma regular Note 7 is the 48MP+5MP dual camera module with PDAF, EIS and AI Portrait Mode. And finally, the entirety is powered by a 4000mAh battery of 18W and supports Quick Charge 4.0 tech.

Wills Found At Aretha Franklin's Home
If the newly-discovered 2014 will is honored, control of Franklin's state would be handed over to Franklin's son Kecalf Franklin. The two other wills were found in a locked cabinet which could not be accessed until a key was recently found for it.

Zambrotta backing Juventus move for Chelsea boss Sarri
The Italian could therefore depart Stamford Bridge even if the Blues beat Arsenal in the Europa League final next week. Yet according to The Metro , the Blues could face a mass player exodus if they decide to stick with Sarri in 2019/20.

North Korea slams Joe Biden for criticising leader Kim Jong Un
Previously they alleged that Mr Biden had been involved in plagiarism and fell asleep during a speech by Mr Obama in 2011. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore on June 12 previous year .

House panel issues subpoenas for Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson
Shortly after emerging from that meeting, Nadler said "it's possible" when asked about impeachment hearings. Pelosi pushed back, saying that several committees are doing investigations already and noting that Rep.

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ to hit theaters in May 2021, studio confirms
Similarly, John Wick's Charon seems able to perform just about any service, including dog sitting, if you pay him the proper fee. The second film, John Wick: Chapter 2 earned more critical acclaim and grossed over $170M during its theatrical runtime.

ICC ropes in Uber as official sponsor for ICC CWC 2019
All the teams have finalised their squads and the practice games will help them in deciding the best playing XI as well. While Shikhar Dhawan and was at their best during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which was also played in England .

Sonam Kapoor is serving some major looks at Cannes
We especially loved the collar and how it made up for the necklace as Sonam attended the Chopard Lanuit Desrois dinner party. With hair tied up in a neat, well rounded bun, Sonam paired her tuxedo with a pair of matching white Jimmy Choo heels.

All MacBooks with butterfly keyboards are now eligible for free repairs
The new range features Retina display with 500 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide colour gamut and True Tone technology. That's good news to anyone in the market for a new MacBook Pro, but there's similarly good news for existing owners as well.

Clean MRI for Iguodala; questionable for Game 4
The veteran got good news on an MRI exam performed Sunday, yet was still listed as no better than "questionable" for Game 4. Facing an 0-3 hole, no National Basketball Association team has ever come back to win a series facing that deficit.

Hospital that treated baby cut from womb investigated
Lopez's wife, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was fatally strangled before her abductors removed Yadiel from her body, police say. The hospital issued a statement Monday saying that it was cooperating with local authorities but would have no comment.

Man Who Peed on Memorial Apologizes to Christian's Father
The memorial was dedicated to Christian, an aspiring veterinarian, who died of an inoperable brain tumor in February 2012. Bellace says he didn't even remember the incident until he saw the video the next day.

Shoe giants urge Trump to end trade war
Trump also proposed an expanded round of tariffs on what's effectively the remainder of Chinese imports of about $300 billion. The firms said the industry already pays US$3 billion in duties and that additional tariffs would increase costs and prices.

Eiffel Tower closes down after man scales the monument
Irish tourist Claire Murphy, who is on vacation in Paris , told CNN that the lockdown began at 2:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m. Older people and those with children were being allowed to descend back down the tower first, a source said.

Dozens rescued from Oklahoma floods as storms swamp central U.S.
Flood potential is high, especially across areas where the ground remains saturated from recent rains and flooding. About 5.5 million people live in the region likely to be affected by the weather system, CBS News reported .