Pakistan strongly reacts over the ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia

Pakistan strongly reacts over the ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia

Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned ballistic missiles and drones launched towards Jizan, Saudi Arabia on 14 and 15 April 2021 by Houthis.

It is commendable that Saudi forces intercepted and destroyed all projectiles successfully. Such attacks causing fear and terror are reprehensible, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

“Pakistan reaffirms its full support and solidarity with the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any threat to its security and territorial integrity,” the statement added.

A Houthi spokesman in the northern capital of Sanaa said that 11 missiles and drones had targeted facilities belonging to the Saudi oil giant Aramco.

There was no Saudi confirmation of a fire or of a hit on a Patriot anti-missile structure which the Houthi military spokesman said was also struck.

However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said some debris from intercepting the four drones and five ballistic missiles fired overnight and in the early morning had landed within the grounds of Jazan University and started a limited fire that was brought under control.

The Iran-aligned rebels have struck Aramco facilities several times in the past, underscoring the vulnerability of Saudi Arabia’s expensive and strategically vital oil infrastructure.

Thursday’s incident comes days after the Houthis claimed to have launched drone attacks against Saudi Arabia’s Aramco’s facilities on Monday.

Last November, the rebels hit an Aramco plant in Jeddah with a Quds-2 missile, tearing a hole in an oil tank and triggering an explosion and fire, the company said.