Timeline - Saudi Arabia

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Saturday, November 4

  • Houthi rebels in Yemen fired rockets at the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The attack was thwarted by Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-manufactured missile shield.
  • Lebanese premier Saad Al-Hariri announced resignation, citing “sedition” by Iran. In a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA, Hariri said “when Iran comes to any place, it does only plant in it sedition and destruction.”

Sunday, November 5

Monday, November 6

  • Saudi Arabia accused Iran of “a blatant act of military aggression,” saying that missiles recently fired at Riyadh by Yemeni Houthi militias originated in Iran. Tehran denies arming the rebels.
  • Riyadh tightened the blockade on Yemen.
  • Yemeni officials told the AP that their president,  Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has been barred from leaving Riyadh, possibly as part of a fued with the UAE who are a key player in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
  • A helicopter crash killed a Saudi prince, who was deputy governor of Asir province.

Tuesday, November 7

Wednesday, November 8

  • The U.S. gave its backing to Saudi Arabia, with ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley calling for the diplomatic body to “hold the Iranian regime accountable” for allegedly providing weapons to the Houthi rebels

Thursday, November 9

  • Lebanese government officials told Reuters that they believe Hariri was forced to resign by Saudi leaders and it being held in Riyadh. The Saudi government, and sources in Hariri’s party, denied this. However, the party released a statement saying Hariri needed to return “to restore Lebanon’s dignity and respect.”
  • French President Emanuel Macron announced that he will travel to Riyadh to meet Mohammad bin Salman. Macron was already in Dubai and told a news conference he wanted to meet the crown prince and discuss regional stability.
  • SPA reported that Saudi nationals are being advised to leave Lebanon “as soon as possible”.
  • Neighbouring UAE asked banks to provide information about accounts held by those arrested in the Saudi corruption probe.
  • According to a statement carried by SPA, a total of 208 people have been questioned in a probe into an estimated $100 billion of funds misappropriated over several decades.
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