The Saudi-led Arab Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen announced on Sunday that it carried out a qualitative attack on the military targets of the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) in Sana'a, vowing appropriate deterrence measures to deal with the "hostilities" against the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia's Al Arabiya TV reported that the coalition destroyed the sites of UAVs storage in the Yemeni capital, controlled by the Houthis group since late 2014.
The spokesman for the coalition forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki that the Saudi Royal Air Defense forces managed on Saturday evening to intercept a Unmanned aerial vehicle UAV launched by the Iranian-backed Houthis group (Ansar Allah) toward Abha and downed it and did not mention any attack on Jizan airport.
The Houthis group (Ansar Allah) in Yemen said its drone air force led to putt airports of Abha and Jizan out of service.
“The Air Force has carried out a broad and qualitative operations targeting Abha and Jizan airports with several Qasif-2k combat drones,” Brigadier Yahya Saree, army spokesman for Houthis group (Ansar Allah) said.
Houthis army' spokesman vowed that even more painful strikes will be directed at the Saudi-led coalition, stating that: “Even greater is coming”, as long as the aggression and blockade continue against our country.”
For his part, the Arab coalition spokesman vowed to "take and implement appropriate deterrence measures to deal with these hostilities and in accordance with international humanitarian law and customary rules."
Al-Maliki added that "the Houthi terrorist criminal instrument attempts to target civilian installations and civilian objects in desperate and repeated attempts without achieving any of its irresponsible and hostile objectives.
Yemen has been battered by a five-year armed conflict between the internationally recognised government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The Houthis have been controlling the capital Sanaa and large parts of most densely populated northern, middle and western regions since they ousted the government in late 2014.
Observers and analysts considered the attacks as another indicator of changing the game as the Houthis in Yemen moved from defending themselves to armed attack on Saudi Arabia after more than four years of bloody war in the impoverished country.