The Saudi-led Arab coalition to Support legitimacy in Yemen on Tuesday said that it shot down a drone fired by Iran-backed Houthi group (Ansar Allah) toward the kingdom.
The spokesman for the coalition forces, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency "SPA": "Coalition forces managed onTuesday morning to intercept and shoot down a drone fired by the Houthi terrorist militia from Amran province towards the kingdom."
The Houthis did not announce the launch of drones on Tuesday as of the moment of writing this news.
Al-Maliki added : “All Houthi attempts to attack the Kingdom are doomed to fail, saying the coalition has taken all necessary measures, in line with the best rules of engagement, to deal with these threats and protect civilians."
He vowed that the coalition will continue to deter the Houthi actions to neutralize and destroy their abilities in line with international humanitarian law.
Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.
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."