Houthi militia launches drone toward Saudi Arabia

A file photo of a Houthi drone. Iranian-backed Houthi militia launched a drone from Sanaa on Tuesday toward Saudi Arabia. (AP/File Photo)
Updated 15 August 2019

Houthi militia launches drone toward Saudi Arabia

  • Houthis have stepped up attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia
  • Coalition statement denied reports drone targeted Abha Airport

RIYADH: Houthi militia launched a drone from Sanaa on Tuesday and, according to an Arab coalition statement, it landed on civilians in Amran. 

The Houthi's Al-Masirah TV said the drone had been targeting Abha Airport in southwest Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border, but a coalition statement said it had not targeted the airport.

The Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and most of its populous areas, have stepped up attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

In response, the Arab coalition fighting in support of the legitimate government against the Houthis has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.


Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Updated 8 min 32 sec ago

Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

  • Houthis claimed 10 drones which hit a Saudi natural gas liquefaction plant
  • The Arab coalition said the Houthis are becoming desperate because of their losses

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.

It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the Houthi militia in recent weeks, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border.

Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition were taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept the drones and stop attacks,

And said the the repeated attacks showed the militants were becoming increasingly desperate as they continued to lose on a daily basis.