Saudis blame Hezbollah for missile attack, call it an 'act of war'

Saudi Arabia has cut land, sea and air access after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile towards Riyadh on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump expressed "great confidence" in Saudi leaders Monday amid an ongoing anti-corruption push, writing in a tweet, "They know exactly what they are doing."In a two-part Twitter message sent from Tokyo, Trump said he has great confidence in King Salman and the crown prince, adding some of the arrested people "have been 'milking' their country for years!"

"We continue to maintain strong defense ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and work together on common security priorities to include combat operations against violent extremist organizations, and neutralizing Iran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East region", the spokesman said.

Prince Mohammed received a phone call from British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson who condemned the Houthi missile launch.

"While certainly yes, countries have the right to act in their own self defence and take measures to protect themselves, they don't have the right to do things which are disproportionate", said Kristine Beckerle, Yemen researcher for Human Rights Watch.

The crisis escalated on Saturday when the kingdom intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh's international airport.

The power struggle in Saudi Arabia is far from over.

In Syria, it has the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

George Alam, a political analyst, said: "Saudi Arabia, through its threats, want the Lebanese government and people to finish off Hezbollah". It is nevertheless a shocking move by the Saudi royal, one that will have big repercussions on the country's oil industry.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis says it has the "right to respond to blatant military aggression" by Iran. The most powerful nation in the region commanding the loyalty of most Sunni rulers thanks to its superior money and muslce power as also due to the historic fact as the seat of Islam's most revered shrines is bound to suffer internal strife since those deposed too have vast reservoirs of support among various tribes and sections of the House of Saud.

The Red Cross said a shipment of chlorine tablets, which prevent cholera, was prevented from entering Yemen's northern border yesterday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during an appearance on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Nov. 5, clearly indicated that he is aligned with the Saudi view of Iran.

In Dubai, the stock index slipped 1.8 percent to 3,481 points, triggering a triple top - a classic bearish technical pattern - formed by the highs and lows since August and pointing down below 3,450 points.

Given Kushner's role, did Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signal his plans when Kushner last met with him - and did Kushner then inform his father-in-law?

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported the supervisory board's action, saying the auditors felt the headline was contrary to Iran's interests and national security.

The US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the missile fired in a similiar incident in July was an "Iranian Qaim", which she described as a "type of weapon that had not been present in Yemen before the conflict". There is no indication that the Salman lineage is seeking to create a Saudi constitutional monarchy.

Saudi Arabia accused Hezbollah of attacking its airport and said it will retaliate "in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time".

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