Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia, denies airport targeting claims

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia, denies airport targeting claims
Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said Houthi reports claiming that King Khalid airbase was targeted are false and are a reflection of the militia’s desperation. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 July 2019

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia, denies airport targeting claims

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia, denies airport targeting claims
  • The Iran-backed militia launched the drone from the province of Sanaa in Yemen toward civilian areas
  • An earlier drone was shot down which had been targeting Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting the Kingdom on Thursday evening, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The reports came after an earlier drone was shot down which had been targeting Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, according to a Coalition statement.

The Iran-backed Houthis launched the earlier drone from the province of Sanaa in Yemen toward civilian areas in Khamis Mushait, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

Houthi reports claiming that King Khalid airbase was targeted are false and are a reflection of the militia’s desperation, Al-Maliki added.

Continued Houthi attacks on civilians and civilian areas, which are protected by international humanitarian law, are a war crime, the spokesperson asserted, adding that the coalition will continue to fight “these aggressions.”

Another Houthi drone was heading towards Asir region earlier this week when the Arab Coalition intercepted it on Tuesday.