Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone Houthis say fired at Khamis Mushait

The Houthis have recently stepped up cross-border drone and missile attacks on Saudi cities

Reuters March 05, 2021
The Saudi-led coalition launched its air campaign against Huthi rebels in support of Yemen's internationally recognised government in March 2015. PHOTO: AFP


The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said it destroyed an armed drone fired towards the kingdom on Friday, part of an attack the Houthis claimed to have launched into southern Saudi Arabia at dawn.

The Houthis have recently stepped up cross-border drone and missile attacks on Saudi cities, mostly targeting the southern part of the kingdom. The coalition says it intercepts most attacks.

The Houthis fired the intercepted drone towards Khamis Mushait near the Yemen border on Friday, Saudi state news agency SPA said.

Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said in a Twitter post that three drones had hit Abha International Airport and King Khalid Air Base, in the Khamis Mushait area.

Also read: Yemen's Houthis say they fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi forces on Thursday said they fired a missile and hit a Saudi Aramco facility in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, but there has been no confirmation from Saudi authorities.

The United States and United Nations have renewed peace efforts as fighting has also intensified in Yemen’s gas-rich Marib region.

On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on two Houthi military leaders.

The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Houthis deny being puppets of Tehran and say they are fighting a corrupt system.


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