[Ed. – War were declared]
Saudi Arabia has declared a missile attack on Riyadh by Iran-backed rebels an ‘act of war’ and has accused Tehran of a ‘blatant act of military aggression’.
Tensions have been rising between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shiite Iran, which are locked in conflicts across the Middle East, from Yemen and Syria to Qatar and Lebanon.
The crisis escalated on Saturday when the kingdom intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh’s international airport.
The rocket had been launched from conflict-torn Yemen, in an escalation of the Saudi’s war against Huthi rebels, backed by Iran.
The missile attack was the first aimed by the Shiite rebels at the heart of the Saudi capital, underscoring the growing threat posed by the raging conflict in Yemen.
Today, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also warned Tehran: ‘Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighbouring countries and affect international peace and security.