Saudi-led Arab coalition targets Houthi militia drones making workshops in Yemen: Col Turki Al-Maliki

Saudi-led Arab coalition targets Houthi militia drones making workshops  in Yemen: Col Turki Al-Maliki
File photo showing the Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki. (SPA)
Updated 28 May 2018

Saudi-led Arab coalition targets Houthi militia drones making workshops in Yemen: Col Turki Al-Maliki

Saudi-led Arab coalition targets Houthi militia drones making workshops  in Yemen: Col Turki Al-Maliki
  • Saudi-led Arab coalition targets Houthi militia drones making workshops.
  • Yemeni army backed by coalition advances in Saadah, the Houthi militia stronghold in northern Yemen.

RIYADH: A spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition said on Monday that it had targeted Houthi militia workshops, which had been arming drones in Yemen.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said in a press conference on Monday that all the drones used by Houthi militia in Yemen are the 'Ababil' type developed by Iran.

Al-Maliki added that Iran-backed Houthi militia are still recruiting women and children to deploy on the front lines or simply to use Yemeni women and children as human shields.

The coalition said that it noticed a deterioration of the morale of Houthi militia, Al-Maliki added that Iran-backed Houthi militia had been weakened by the coalition strikes, especially on the western coastal front leading to the port of Al-Hodeida. 

Al-Maliki also announced that the Yemeni army, backed by coalition air and land support, has been advancing in Saadah, the Houthi militia stronghold in northern Yemen.

On the humanitarian front the Saudi-led Arab coalition said that it has been supporting Yemeni civilians all over the country, and that 5 million Yemeni have benefited from aid delivered by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.