Egypt strongly condemns ballistic missile attack against Riyadh: Ministry

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Nov 2017

The missile was brought down by Saudi air defences Saturday

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt has condemned "in the strongest terms" a ballistic missile attack carried out from Yemen against Saudi Arabia, which the kingdom intercepted Saturday, the foreign ministry said.

Egypt said its "government and people stand by the Saudi government and people and back all measures the kingdom's government is taking to preserve its security and stability in the face of this violent assault," a ministry statement said early Sunday.

The missile was brought down by Saudi air defence forces near King Khaled Airport on the northern outskirts of the capital, Riyadh, and did not cause any casualties.

Saudi Arabia is leading a nine-nation coalition in carrying out bombings that started in March 2015 to fight Iran-allied Houthi rebels that have taken over the Yemeni capital Sanaa and other parts of the country during its civil war.

Cairo said such attacks against the kingdom, one of its closest regional allies, will "increase the resolve of the Arab coalition countries to restore legitimacy in Yemen."

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