Saudi-led coalition says hit Houthi sites storing UAVs

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-02-09 | Since 2 Week

Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki al-Maliki

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The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemeni legitimate government stated on Saturday that its warplanes had targeted Houthi site and destroyed drones stored therein in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.

"Leadership of coalition's joint forces carried out early in Saturday morning a military operation to destroy a military legitimate target," said coalition spokesman, where the "Iranian-backed Houthi militias store drones and vehicles equipped for launching them."

This is an extension for the two military operations of January 19 and 31,Colonel Turki al-Maliki added, that targeted and destroyed complete system and logistical facilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and sites hosting foreign experts in Sana'a and Dhamar.

Targeting was "in compliance with international Human Law and conventional rules," he claimed, and the coalition leadership "took all protective measures necessary to protect civilians."

Maliki reiterated coalition's adherence to preventing "access by Houthi terrorist militias and other terrorist groups to such qualitative capacities, and taking all measures necessary to protect civilians and vital areas from threats of drone terrorist acts."

On 20 January, coalition spokesman accused the Iranian regime of providing Houthi rebels with drones, displaying Iranian-made Ababil T, or as called by HouthisQasif, drones that had been shot down on Saudi skies.

"Coalition aircraft killed 181 Houthi elements in airstrikes on Houthi military training site in Dhamar on 30 January," he said last Monday.

The Saudi and Emirati-backed Yemeni internationally recognized government has been in war since March 2015 against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who had ousted the government of President Hadi earlier in September 2014.

The conflict has lefttens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and millions others facing looming famine.

The war also has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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