The Saudi-led Arab Coalition announced on Sunday that the Saudi Air Defense has shot down a drone launched by the Houthis heading to target Jizan airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia.
The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the spokesman of the coalition forces, Col. Turki al-Maliki, as saying that the drone targeted King Abdullah Airport in Jazan and that Saudi air defenses intercepted it at 7.14 a.m. local time on Sunday, stressing that the airport is used by thousands of civilians and residents daily.
“Targeting civil facilities that involve civilians will be confronted with all possible means of deterrence at the disposal of the Arab military coalition and in accordance with the international norms and humanitarian laws,” Al Maliki said.
The "SPA" published pictures said to be wreckage of the Houthi-run explosive drone downed by the Saudi air defenses.
The Houthi group in Yemen said Sunday it launched an attack on the Saudi Jizan airport with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in southern Saudi Arabia.
The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said the Houthi drone air force attacked the warplane park at Jizan airport using k2 Qasif drone.
Al-Masirah quoted a source in the air force of the Houthi forces as saying that the process of targeting Jizan airport "carried out after careful intelligence monitoring and hits the target very accurately."
There was no confirmation from Saudi Arabia or the coalition forces led by him until this news was reported by Al-Masirah.
Earlier on Sunday, the Houthi group said it had shot down an Arab Coalition reconnaissance drone east of al-Dod in Jizan.
The Houthi group in Yemen said Wednesday it launched an attack on the Saudi Najran airport with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the second within 24 hours.
The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said the Houthi drone air force attacked the Patriot missile system at Najran airport using k2 Qasif drone.
On Wednesday and Tuesday, the Houthi group said it had carried out attacks of a similar drones of the same type, targeting warplanes and an arms depot at the airport itself, resulting in a fire at the target location.
Among the 300 targets are vital military sites and facilities in KSA and UAE, and coalition bases in Yemen, the source added.
Last week, two Saudi oil pumping stations were attacked in Riyadh region, and the Iranian-backed rebels claimed responsibility, saying they used 7 drones in the attack.
Houthis have vowed to reply to "every crime committed by [coalition] aggression against Yemeni people," noting that once coalition operations stop all their military acts will stop.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.
Yemen 4-year war has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.