Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles and two explosive drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthis on May 1. The attack coincided with a visit by the US special envoy for Yemen to Oman to discuss efforts to end the war in Yemen.
A roadside bomb attack on an army vehicle killed at least four Iraqi security personnel in the district of Tarmiya north of Baghdad on May 2. Iraq has blamed the Islamic State for the attack.
Iran's national corona-virus taskforce has said the country can import US-brand vaccines as long as they are not manufactured in the US. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei banned the import of US and UK-made vaccines in January, saying they were “untrustworthy.”