Jubeir Says Yemen Missile 'Launched by Hizbullah' as Sabhan Warns Lebanese

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday announced that the latest missile that was fired at Riyadh's international airport was “an Iranian missile, launched by Hizbullah, from territory occupied by the Huthis in Yemen."

"We see this as an act of war," he told CNN. "Iran can not lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take steps," he added, citing Article 51 of the U.N. Charter.

Al-Jubeir said the missile was made in Iran and smuggled in parts into Yemen, where he claimed "operatives from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hizbullah" helped put it back together again and then launch it.

"We reserve the right to respond in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time," said al-Jubeir. He declined to say what those measures against Iran might be.

"This is a very, very hostile act," he said. "We have been extending our hand to Iran since 1979 in friendship, and what we get back is death and destruction."

Firebrand Saudi State Minister for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan meanwhile issued new warnings to Hizbullah and Lebanon, saying King Salman had briefed resigned Premier Saad Hariri on “Hizbullah's aggression against Saudi Arabia” during their meeting earlier in the day.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not accept that Lebanon be part of a war on Saudi Arabia,” Sabhan said in a phone interview with Al-Arabiya TV.

“We will deal with Lebanon's government as a government that has declared war because of Hizbullah's militias,” Sabhan added, noting that “Hizbullah's militias influence all the decisions that Lebanon's government takes.”

“The Lebanese government must understand the threat that Saudi Arabia is facing from those militias,” the Saudi minister added.

He pointed out that Hizbullah “takes part in every act of terrorism against Saudi Arabia,” noting that Riyadh “will use all political means and other means to confront Hizbullah.”

“The Lebanese must choose between peace and submission to Hizbullah,” Sabhan urged.

“We were expecting the Lebanese government to work on reining in Hizbullah,” the minister added, noting that “it is up to the Lebanese to decide how things will turn out with Saudi Arabia.”

Sabhan also accused Hizbullah of “smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia and training Saudi youths on terrorism.”

“Hariri and the honorable people in Lebanon will not accept the stances of Hizbullah's militias,” the minister stressed, noting that claims that Hariri was “forced to resign” are “lies aimed at distracting the Lebanese.”

“Lebanon is taken hostage by Hizbullah's militias and Iran... and the Lebanese have the ability to put an end to Hizbullah's violations,” Sabhan went on to say.

Saudi Arabia and Iran traded fierce accusations over Yemen earlier on Monday as Riyadh said a rebel missile attack on Riyadh "may amount to an act of war" and Tehran accused its rival of war crimes.

A Saudi-led military coalition battling Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen said it reserved the "right to respond" to the missile attack, calling it a "blatant military aggression by the Iranian regime which may amount to an act of war."

Saudi forces on Saturday intercepted and destroyed the ballistic missile near Riyadh international airport. Yemen's Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in response to deadly Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.

It was the first reported Huthi strike to reach Riyadh and threaten air traffic, underscoring the growing threat posed by the conflict on Saudi Arabia's southern border.

Comments 16
Thumb joebustani 06 November 2017, 23:08

bless anyone person, entity, organization, brigade or country that inflicts extreme pain and unbearable suffering, death, torture, and destruction upon the iranian sectarian terrorist militia and its members, sponsors, supporters or followers wherever they may be.

Thumb s.o.s 07 November 2017, 00:02

It’s hapoening Joe, it’s happening!

Thumb Mystic 07 November 2017, 10:28

The Ansarullah are strong enough on it's own.
They don't need Hezbollah to fight off the Saudi invasion.

Thumb justin 07 November 2017, 12:11

lol

Thumb ex-fpm 07 November 2017, 12:26

so is assad
so is Malki

Thumb Mystic 07 November 2017, 19:05

Is Saudi Arabia strong without the U.S.A?
Without America you would still be dusty Arabs in the desert.

Thumb barrymore 06 November 2017, 23:46

but Aoun in his inaugural speech assured us that Lebanon remains neutral and does not interfere in arab countries affairs.

the filth!

Thumb tric.portugal 07 November 2017, 00:12

is neutral...but Saudis do not want the Lebanese neutralitie...want´s the Lebanese convertion...

Thumb ansarullah 06 November 2017, 23:48

may god bless hezbollah aka the lebanese army; the last sanctuary for Lebanon.

Thumb tric.portugal 07 November 2017, 00:00

the great alies of USA putting a knife in the head of Cristhians in Lebanon!!!??? USA is the greatest support of the extremination of Cristhians in Levant...at the same time USA promoted the expantion in the region of Jews and the Whaabis Salaphists...the USA and Europe of sec. XXI to have in they hands the blood of the extremination of Cristhianity in Levant...USA and Europe of Sec.XXI give the green light for the Jews and the Whaabis Salaphist extreminated the Cristhianity from Lebanon...putting a knife in the Head of Cristhianity in Lebanon after what is happenning in the region...

Thumb s.o.s 07 November 2017, 00:03

So many fancy nicks tonight, I like it :)

Thumb thepatriot 07 November 2017, 02:23

Naharnet moderators... could you clean your website from all those insults, insulting names, stupid avatars etc... they are neither constructive, nor interessant...

Thumb warrior 07 November 2017, 05:19

It is about time something is done about this farce/tragedy where the president and his incompetent government keep telling the world Lebanon is neutral and dissociates itself from regional conflicts while hezbollah ( aka the LAF according to Aoun ) is openly engaged in attacks and wars against Arab countries.

I don't know why the Arab nations have been patient with Lebanon so far?

Thumb ex-fpm 07 November 2017, 12:25

The message is this : any government that has hezbollah in it intent on continuing to pursue iran's objectives would be viewed as hostile towards the gulf countries. However, if hezbollah abides by the Baabda declaration ( which it will not ) then the Gulf states will not have a problem with any future Lebanese government.

Thumb whyaskwhy 07 November 2017, 14:44

I am surprised the Ayatollah of Rockinrolla has not blamed the Yids for this one...at least not yet! lol

Thumb gigahabib 07 November 2017, 17:21

Lol, quite a story.