Malaysia condemns ‘abhorrent’ missile attack on Mecca

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has condemned the missile attack on Mecca and hopes that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement today, described the act that was reportedly launched by the Houthis of Yemen, as “abhorrent” and said it could threaten the safety of pilgrims.

“Malaysia also stands firm in its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in preserving the security and sanctity of the two holy cities, Mecca and Madina,” it said.

The Saudi Defence Forces on Thursday (July 27) intercepted a ballistic missile, known as Burkan-1, 69km away from Mecca at the Al-Wasliya area of Yaif Province.

No casualties were reported as a result of the attempted attack.

Wisma Putra said Malaysia hoped that the ongoing conflict in Yemen would be resolved peacefully.

According to international media reports, the Houthis on Friday confirmed the launch of a Burkan-1 ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia, but said it targeted King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, the kingdom’s busiest airport.