Houthis have launched several drone attacks on the Saudi King Khaled Airbase near to the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, the group said Monday, in the third assault within 24 hours, as the Riyadh-led coalition claimed to intercept and down two Houthi drones.
A number of Qasif k2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have carried out "highly accurate attacks on warplane barns at the airbase," said Houthi spokesman Yahiya Serie in a statement.
Houthi attacks have recently increased on the Saudi King Khaled Airbase in Khamis Mushait.
"By repeated attacks, Houthi forces intend to make the airbase out of service or completely paralyzed," which Sarie said "one of the airbases used by the Saudi regime to launch its hostile operations against Yemenis."
The Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni legitimacy downed late on Sunday and early Monday two UAVs on Yemeni skieslaunched by Houthis from Sana'a towards the kingdom, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said.
On Sunday, the Houthi group said its drone air force had carried out UAV attacks on the communication building and control tower at the Saudi King Khaled Airbase.
On Saturday, a similar attack targeted warplane hangarsand runways at the airbase.
The coalition, however, denied Houthi reports, saying that its forces had intercepted and shot down drones sent by the rebels towards civilians and civil properties.
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 conflictbetween 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.