Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone heading for Abha

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-08-09 | Since 4 Month

Houthi UAV debris

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Coalition forces have intercepted a Houthi drone as heading for the Saudi southern city of Abha, the Saudi-led coalition said Thursday.

On Thursday, coalition air force downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launched by the Houthi group from Sana'a governorate towards Abha, said the coalition spokesman.

All Houthi attempts to launch UAVs will fail, and their repetition reflects despair suffered by the "terrorist militias", Turki al-Maliki added.

"Fake wins publicized by Houthi misleading media confirms the losses inflicted" by the group, he claimed.

Earlier on Thursday, the coalition said its forces intercepted and shot down a Houthi drone originated in the Yemeni northern governorate of Amran towards the Saudi southwestern province of Jizan, without further details.

Late Thursday, Houthis claimed that navigation at Abha airport was stopped after the control tower had been targeted by UAVs sent by the rebels.

Last Wednesday, the Iranian-backed Houthis fired a ballistic missile from a public market, using residential buildings in Hajjah governorate, the coalition spokesman said in a separate statement.

The missile fell down after its launch inside the Yemeni Hajjah, he added.

Since mid-May 2019, Houthis have intensified firing ballistic missiles and launching drone attacks on Saudi territory "in reply to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure."

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

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