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Iran backed Houthi forces threaten to attack holy shrines

Iran seems to be coming into focus for all the wrong reasons. For another volley is on the Houthi rebel group that has been backed by Iran and now claims to be in the mood to attack holy places of worship in Islam.

The Yemen based militia that had become popular in 1994, because of its voice against the then Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Houthi had charged the president’s regime with massive financial corruption charges and criticized it for being backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States at the expense of the Yemeni people and Yemen’s democratic peace.

According to an official statement, the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have been said to have intercepted and destroyed two missiles launched from Yemen by Iran-aligned Houthi militias recently. The missiles were reported to have been heading toward Makkah and Jeddah.

This is not the first time that Houthi militias have targeted Makkah, having fired on the city in July 2017. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the Houthi attack and applauded the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces for their vigilance.

Political analysts believe that the Houthis and their masters in Tehran have fired missiles close to the holy city of Makkah earlier, and this shows that they don’t really have any qualms about attacking such holy places in Islam.

All this is happening at a time when the world is celebrating the time of Ramadan and is working towards maintaining peace. The general consensus is that “it is high time that for all Muslim nations in the world to come to the defense of the holy land. The sacred places of worship are under attack from Iran, the Houthis, and their militias.”

In fact, Yemen’s internationally recognized government has also condemned the Houthis’ attempt to target Makkah, calling it “a full-fledged terrorist attack.”

Reports further state that this aggressive move is a build-up against Saudi Arabia’s harassment meted against people of Yemen. Saudi forces have been at war with Yemen since March 2015.

In retaliation, Yemen’s Houthi has repeatedly attacked Arabian major oil pipelines. Our goal is to respond to the crimes they are committing every day against the Yemeni people. This is a message to Saudi Arabia, stop your aggression,” saidHouthispokesperson Mohammed Abdel-Salam.

Saudi security forces have intercepted and destroyed 227 ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis at the Kingdom since 2015.

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