Houthis launch drone attacks on Saudi air base, coalition announces its downing

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2019-09-04 | Since 1 Year

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Houthi group (Ansar Allah) said that its air force launches drone attacks on King Khalid air base in Khamis Mushait, southern Saudi Arabia, while the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced the downing of a drone fired by the Houthis towards the same area.

Houthi forces spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Saree said in a  press statement that the air force targeted with unspecified number of "Qasif 2K" drones, military sites described as important at the King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait.

He claimed that "the operation hit its targets with high accuracy," stressing that the operation comes in response to what he called "crimes of aggression and the ongoing siege on the great Yemeni people and continuous raids, which increased  during the past 12 hours to 51 air strikes."

The Houthis' announcement came minutes after a spokesman for Suadi-led Arab coalition Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the coalition forces were able to intercept and shoot down a drone fired by what they called "the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia from the province of Amran north of Sanaa towards civilian objects in Khamis Mushait.

Al-Maliki said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that "attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to failure. The coalition is taking all operational procedures and the best means to deal with these aircraft to protect civilians and civilian objects."

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 devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed a Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis who are still controlling most of the most densely populated regions in the north.


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