The Arab Coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday that it has intercepted a ballistic missile that hit 65 km away from Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah, saying it was fired by militias in Yemen.
The missile was fired from Saada province towards Makkah, the coalition said. No damage has been reported.
Coalition forces confirmed that they targeted the sites where the missile was launched from in Saada and destroyed it shortly after the incident.
The firing of the missile received condemnations from several countries with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates reacting with statements condemning Iran and Houthi militias.
Reactions and condemnations
Bahrain condemned on Friday the firing of the missile toward Makkah in a statement sent to Al Arabiya News Channel saying that “the targeting of the Holy Site presents a direct insult toward Muslims everywhere and constitutes a hate and religious crime from the militias’ part.”
UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed tweeted his condemnation saying that “Iran claims itself Islamic while supporting militias firing of rockets into Makkah”.
النظام الايراني يدعم جماعة ارهابية تطلق صواريخها على مكة المكرمة … هل هذا النظام إسلامي كما يدعي ؟
— عبدالله بن زايد (@ABZayed) October 28, 2016
Qatar responded by saying that launching of the ballistic missile attack on Makkah hampers the efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis peacefully.
The GCC council said the Houthi attack on Makkah is “evidence of their refusal to comply with the international community and its decisions.”
Kuwait on Friday said the attack violates holy Islamic sites. The Arab League said also targeting Makkah violates sanctity of Islamic sites.
Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Al-Momani said such “horrendous act” does not help what is happening on ground in Yemen, and it is provocation aimed at Muslims.
Meanwhile, Egypt also denounced the “unacceptable” and “unprecedented” attack which represents a “dangerous escalation.”
Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s center of learning, in Cairo condemned the “treacherous” attack and said it cannot happen from anyone who has some faith in Islam.
Also, foreign minister of the Yemeni internationally recognized government said militias launching the Makkah-bound ballistic missile is “evidence” that they do not want peace, and that they are an “Iranian tool” aimed at destroyed Yemen.