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Pakistan strongly condemns drone strike on Saudi city

Pakistan strongly condemns drone strike on Saudi city

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned the Houthi drone attack targeting the residential area of Saudi Arabia’s city of Abha and reiterated its full support to the Kingdom to fight terror in all its forms. 

Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) condemned the attack in “strongest terms” and said the country “stand in solidarity with the Saudi government in fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

The statement issued by Foreign Office in Islamabad on Sunday, said Pakistan reiterates its “full support and solidarity with leadership, Government and people of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and Harmain Shareefain.”

It added that such attacks, targeting the unarmed civilian population, are “a clear violation of international law and pose a serious challenge to regional peace and security.”

Pakistan’s FO also commended the Saudi government, especially the Royal Defence Forces, for “timely intercepting and destroying the drone before it could cause any serious damage.”

Taking note of the injuries to Saudis and other expatriates and damage to properties as a result of falling debris of the drone, it said: “We pray for early recovery of the injured.”

The spokesperson for the Saudi Directorate of Civil Defense in Asir Region, Colonel Mohammed Al-Assami, said the fall of the fragments of the drone injured four Saudi nationals, including a woman, and an Indian national. Six vehicles and a number of houses were damaged in the attack, it was reported.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force shot down a Houthi drone targeting civilians in a residential area of the city of Abha, Saudi Press Agency reported. The drone was intercepted over a residential area in the city of Abha, about 230 kilometers north of the border with Yemen, according to reports on Al Arabiya TV. Col Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, was quoted as saying that the drone was targeting civilians in a residential area of Abha.

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