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Saudis blame Hezbollah for missile attack, call it an 'act of war'

Saudis blame Hezbollah for missile attack, call it an 'act of war'

"The coalition. affirms the kingdom's right to respond to Iran at the appropriate time and in the appropriate form", it added.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has accused Iran of committing an act of "direct military aggression" by supplying Houthi fighters in Yemen with ballistic missiles.

"But this unlawful attack is no justification for Saudi Arabia to exacerbate Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe by further restricting aid and access to the country", said Sarah Leah Whitson, Mideast director for the New York-based watchdog.

Washington and Riyadh announced contracts worth more than $380 billion, including a $110 billion arms deal aimed at countering perceived threats from Iran and militants.

"All airports, ports, border crossings and areas of any importance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be a direct target of our weapons, which is a legitimate right", according to AFP quoting a statement released by the Houthi rebels' office. In the past weekend alone, Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched a missile at the international airport in Riyadh and Lebanon's prime minister abruptly resigned in an announcement from Saudi Arabia, blaming Iranian meddling in his country's affairs.

The kingdom revealed the Yemen blockade would be temporary and take into account the work of humanitarian organisations.

Conversely, rising prices may also signal increase instability in Saudi Arabia: there are signs that the crackdown may have been meant to stave off a more substantive challenge to MBS from upper-echelon figures in the Saudi hierarchy.

The head of the Saudi military coalition said that experts in military technology had examined other missiles and "confirmed the role of Iran's regime in manufacturing these missiles and smuggling them to the Houthi militias in Yemen for the purpose of attacking the Kingdom, its people, and vital interests".

Iran has proxies across the Middle East: in Iraq, it controls paramilitary forces that are stronger than the state.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the Huthis for the failed efforts, and on Monday offered rewards totalling $440 million for information on 40 senior officials among the rebels.

This 'could be considered as an act of war, ' Prince Mohammed said. "Strengthening local militias in unstable countries remains the only path forward".

"The United States is committed to containing Iran's destabilising actions and will not turn a blind eye to these serious violations of international law by the Iranian regime", she said.

He said the missile was similar to one launched in July at Yanbu in Saudi Arabia and was manufactured in Iran, disassembled and smuggled into Yemen, then reassembled by the operatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah, "then it was launched into Saudi Arabia". The move threatens to worsen an already devastating humanitarian crisis in the country, where fighting has killed more than 10,000 civilians and displaced 3 million.

The International Committee of the Red Cross urged the reopening of ports for medical supplies.

The United Nations and international aid organizations have repeatedly criticized the coalition for blocking aid access, especially to northern Yemen, which is held by the Houthis.

As Ruth notes, both the U.N. and Doctors Without Borders say their flights have been grounded.

The short-term outlook was bullish: MBS is seen as a key supporter for the OPEC policy of measured production cuts, and his consolidation of power means the cuts are likely to be maintained and extended through the rest of next year.

Ghassemi said the missile was fired by the Huthis in response 'to war crimes and several years of aggression by the Saudis'.