Arab Coalition intercepts Houthi drone launched towards Saudi Arabia

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-07-20 | Since 5 Month

إضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition, which supports the legitimate government in Yemen, announced on Saturday it intercepted and shot down a drone launched by the Iranian-backed Houthis group (Ansar Allah) towards the kingdom.

The spokesman for the Arab coalition forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency that coalition forces intercepted and shot down a drone launched by the Houthi militia in Amran governorate and directed towards Abha.

Al-Maliki added the Iranian-backed militia remained futile in their attempts to target the civilian areas as well as the civilian population.

The Arab coalition command would take strict measures to paralyze and neutralize all hostile capabilities of the militia within international humanitarian law and its customary laws, Al-Maliki said in the SPA report.

Earlier on Saturday, the Houthi Group (Ansar Allah) in Yemen on Saturday said that it launched an attack on the King Khalid air base in Asir region south of Saudi Arabia for the second time in less than a week.

The spokesman for the Houthis forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a statement that " drone air force carried out several attacks by Qasif-2k drone targeted radar and important military sites at the base of King Khalid Air base in Khamis Mushait has hit its targets accurately."

There was no comment from the Arab Coalition or Saudi Arabia on the announcement of the Houthis until the moment of writing this news.

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) said on Tuesday evening it carried out a large operation towards Jizan regional airport in southern Saudi Arabia and resumed its offensive operations on the King Khaled Air Base in Khamis Mushait.

A spokesman for the forces of the Houthis Brigadier General Yahya Saree said That the Houthis drone air force carried out a large operation in the direction of Jizan regional airport with a number of Qasif 2K drones hitting targets with high precision in addition resums the attacks on the King Khaled Air base in Khamis Mushait with a number of Qasif 2K drone.

Saree added in a statement that the operation targeted the drones locations at Jizan Regional Airport, led to the disruption of air navigation at the airport.

There has been no comment from the Arab coalition or Saudi Arabia on what the Houthis announced until the moment of writing this news.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of ordering Houthis to launch attacks on its territory and on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran has repeatedly denied any military support for the Houthis, asserting that its support is only political.

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict by the government backed by the coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organisations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.

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