Egypt condemns missile attacks on Saudi, warns of instability in Yemen
The Egyptian government has condemned the drone and ballistic missile attacks by Yemeni Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia.
While condemning the attack on Monday July 13, 2020, the Egyptian foreign ministry stressed the country’s solidarity with Saudi in fighting “such vicious attacks that target civilians and civilian installations.”
The ministry reiterated Egypt’s support for Riyadh in any actions to defend its lands and national security.
It stressed that such attacks would only lead to further escalation and instability in Yemen.
The ministry called for a ceasefire to create the conditions to resume the political process and reach a solution in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference, and UNSC resolution 2216.
The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they struck a large oil facility in the southern Saudi city of Jizan.
The coalition did not reveal details about where the attack was intercepted, but said drones were launched towards Saudi Arabia from the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.
Saudi oil giant Aramco operates a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Jizan, which is around 60 km from the Yemen border. Aramco did not reply to a request for comment, according to Reuters.
The missiles were intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen in support of the internationally-recognized government of Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.