Saudi Royal Air Defense forces shoot down Houthi drone, 5 civilians injured

An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV shows the moment a drone exploded above Yemen's al-Anad airbase in in the government-held southern province of Lahj on January 10, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 March 2019
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Saudi Royal Air Defense forces shoot down Houthi drone, 5 civilians injured

  • The fall of the fragments of the drone injured five civilians
  • The coalition said the drone showed characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward Saudi Arabia, Saudi State TV reported.

The spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the drone was targeting civilians in a residential area in the city of Abha.

After examining the debris of the destroyed drone, the coalition said that it showed characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing.

The Spokesman for the Directorate of Civil Defense in Asir Region, Colonel Mohammed Al-Assami, said the fall of the fragments of the drone injured four Saudi nationals, including a woman, and a resident of Indian nationality.

Six vehicles and a number of houses were damaged in the attack. 

 


King Salman congratulates Modi on election victory

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King Salman congratulates Modi on election victory

RIYADH: King Salman telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to congratulate him on his victory in India's general election.
King Salman wished Modi success and the people of India prosperity.

Read more about Modi’s landslide election victory here
The prime minister thanked King Salman for the phone call and stressed his keeness to promote and develop relations between the two countries.
Modi secured another five-year term as prime minister after winning a landslide general election victory on Thursday.