Turkey rebukes ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia
No causalities or major damage was reported as fragments of the interceptor landed in an uninhabited area east of the airport, said the report.
“The leadership of the coalition forces therefore considers this ... a blatant military aggression by the Iranian regime which may amount to an act of war,” the official Saudi news agency SPA said in a statement.
The Saudi 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.”
Despite the temporary closure of the air, sea and land ports, Saudi would protect “the entry and exit of relief and humanitarian personnel.”
“The coalition ... affirms the kingdom’s right to respond to Iran at the appropriate time and in the appropriate form,” it added.
ISIL and its extremist rival al-Qaeda have taken advantage of the war to bolster their presence across much of the south.
While al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has for years been the stronger presence in southern Yemen, ISIL has recently come forward to claim attacks on both the army and the country’s Shiites, whom it considers heretics.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 8,650 people have been killed since the conflict erupted in 2015 and nearly 49,000 wounded.