Bab al-Mandab, Yemen 0
20 March

The Saudi-led coalition reported downing a Huthi ballistic missile and nine armed drones bound for targets including energy facilities and water infrastructure in multiple cities; debris caused material damages but no casualties. According to the statement, “Iranian cruise missiles” were used in the attacks. The following day the Saudi foreign ministry stated that Riyadh would “not incur any responsibility for any shortage in oil supplies to global markets in light of the attacks on its oil facilities”, highlighting “the gravity of Iran’s continued behaviour of equipping the terrorist Huthi militias with the technology of the ballistic missiles and advanced UAVs”, and urging the international community to “stand firm against the Iranian-backed Huthi terrorist militias”. The White House condemned the attacks, asserting: “The Huthis launch these terrorist attacks with enabling by Iran, which supplies them with missile and UAV components, training and expertise”. Urging the Huthis to engage with UN de-escalation efforts, the U.S. stressed that “we will continue to fully support our partners in the defense of their territory from Huthi attacks”.

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