Arab Coalition says intersepts Houthi drones

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-08-06 | Since 4 Month

Turki Al Maliki, the spokeman of the coalition

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The saudi-led Arab coalition Saudi Arabia to support "legitimacy" in Yemen said on Monday that its forces intercepted and shot down drones launched by Houthis towards civilian airports in Saudi Arabia.

According the official Saudi news agency, Turki Al Maliki, the spokeman of the coalition, said in a statement on the Saudi Press Agency that the Saudi air forces intercepted and destroyed the drones on Monday morning before reaching their targets. 

He said that the incidents were considered as a new approach of the Houthi militia after its attack against a government camp in Adan in association with the Islamic State group. 

"The targeting of airports and travelers violates international law and is considered as a "war crime," he added.

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) said on Monday it carried out an triple drone attack on the airports of Abha and Najran and the King Khalid Air base in Southwest Saudi Arabia.

There was no immediate comment from the Arab Coalition or Saudi Arabia on these attacks until the moment of writing.

The spokesman for the forces of the Houthis Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a statement seen by Debriefer news agency that "the Houthi drone air force Path has carried out large operations towards Abha International Airport and King Khalid air base in Khamis Mushait in Asir and Najran airport with a large number Qasif-2k drones.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi group (Ansar Allah).

Since mid-May, Houthis have intensified firing ballistic missiles and launching drone attacks on Saudi territory "in reply to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure."

Last May, Houthis said they had a "bank of 300 vital targets in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates."



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