Saudi Arabia Threatens Iran, Blaming Them for Yemeni Missiles

Trump adviser Bolton urged attack on Iran, ex-Israel defense chief says

Khoshrou went on to say, "It is not the first time Saudi Arabia enters into correspondence against Iran in order to cover up its defeats in Yemen, and the global community is well aware of this fact".

One Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by falling shrapnel in Riyadh, authorities said, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight.

In a recent statement, Amnesty International said that United States and UK arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen made a "mockery" of global arms treaties and has resulted in "enormous harm" to civilians, agencies reported.

This criminal aggression by the Tehran-backed Houthi militias proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the insurgents in clear violation of UN Resolutions 2216 and 2231, he said.

"On the other hand, by making such claims, Saudi Arabia seeks to cover up its failures in Yemen", he noted.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to push back the Huthis who captured the capital Sanaa and forced the government into exile. They were once strong enough to force the legitimate government to flee, but the Saudi-led Arab coalition has weakened them.

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Those weapons allegedly include ballistic missile technology used to target Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition of Arab nations backed by the US that is stuck in a stalemate war with the Houthis.

Consultancy Eurasia Group said that a successful Houthi strike on a prized Saudi target would probably prompt a firm military response from Riyadh to try to deter Iran. By turning up the heat on Iran, the Trump administration can provoke the regime in Tehran to increase its engagement in conflicts across the broader Middle East that have already intensified in risky ways over the past five years.

"They may make similar moves in order to be seen to be doing something, but it won't really change the dynamics of the conflict", said Jane Kinninmont, Middle East expert at Chatham House in London.

Analysts said that while a direct Saudi-Iranian showdown is unlikely, miscalculation remains a risk.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations has rejected baseless Saudi allegations of Tehran sending missiles to Yemen, urging the regime in Riyadh to stop "warmongering" and engage, instead, in dialog with its neighbor.

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