The Coalition Command said in a press statement that the decision was made after ballistic missiles were fired by Houthis from Yemen toward Saudi Arabia, including the one intercepted over Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia shot down the missile that was intended to target Riyadh. Fragments of the missile landed in an uninhabited area north of the capital near Riyadh international airport. Experts ascertained that the missile was manufactured in Iran.
The Command Coalition’s statement to the press said the closures would be temporary and take into account the work of humanitarian and aid organizations.
The statement said that the borders were being closed “to fill the gaps in the inspection procedures which enable the continued smuggling of missiles and military equipment to the Houthi militias loyal to Iran in Yemen.”
The coalition said additionally, that it would protect “the entry and exit of relief and humanitarian personnel” during the temporary closure of the air, sea and land ports.
Their statement called the attack a “dangerous escalation.” The coalition said, “Iran’s role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally. Therefore, the coalition’s command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
The statement added, “The coalition command also affirms that the kingdom reserves its right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner.”
The coalition urged the “Yemeni people and all civilian and humanitarian crews to avoid areas of combat operations, areas populated by the Houthi armed insurgents, areas and ports exploited by this Iranian-controlled militia to smuggle weapons, and areas from which this militia launch its attacks against the Kingdom.”
It also warned, “Diplomatic missions to avoid areas that are not controlled by the Legitimate Government of Yemen.”
The coalition’s statement also called on the international community and the United Nations Security Council to implement Resolution 2216, and to take all necessary legal measures to hold Iran accountable for its violation of UN Resolutions.