Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 August 2019

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi drones fired from Yemen at Asser region

The attack shows the 'terrorist tendencies' of the Houthis, Arab Coalition says

Colonel Turki Al Malki, spokesman for the Arab Coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, confirmed the drone had been intercepted and destroyed. EPA
Colonel Turki Al Malki, spokesman for the Arab Coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, confirmed the drone had been intercepted and destroyed. EPA

Saudi Arabia’s air forces intercepted and destroyed several Houthi drones on Tuesday launched from Yemen, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Colonel Turki Al Malki said the Arab Coalition, which is fighting in support of the internationally recognised government of Yemen, destroyed the unmanned aerial vehicles in the air before they could reach their targets.

The drones were launched towards the southwest province of Asser, which is near the Yemen border.

The province has come under several attacks by the rebels in recent weeks as tensions between Iran, which backs the Houthis in Yemen, and the west have heightened.

“The failed attempts by the rebels to target Saudi civilian and infrastructure reflects their terrorist tendencies and is a clear violation of international law,” coalition spokesperson Col Al Malki said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the Arab Coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government, which was pushed out of the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014.

More to follow.

Updated: July 23, 2019 01:01 PM

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