Saudi-led Arab coalition forces intercept 2 more Houthi drones

Image grab from Houthi video showing ballistic missiles, made in Yemen, in July. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 August 2019

Saudi-led Arab coalition forces intercept 2 more Houthi drones

  • Three drones, six ballistic missiles launched toward Saudi Arabia by Houthis in a span of 24 hours
  • All six missiles and three drones were shot down by Coalition air defenses

JEDDAH: Two more drones launched by Houthi "terrorists" from Sanaa toward Saudi Arabia were shot down early Monday, Coalition forces supporting Yemen's legitimate government said. 

Coalition forces have successfully intercepted six ballistic missiles and three drones launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia in a span of 24 hours from Sunday morning.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the two drones were intercepted and shot down over Yemeni air space by Saudi-led air defense forces.

On Sunday evening, six ballistic missiles fired from Yemen were also intercepted by the coalition as they headed towards Jazan in south-west Saudi Arabia.

Al-Maliki said the missiles were launched by Houthis from Saada province "in an attempt to target civilian and civilian installations in Jazan city.”

The UAE condemned the Houthi ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Al-Jazan, the country’s state news agency WAM said on Monday.

The UAE will support Saudi Arabia in any decisions taken to protect the country’s safety and stability, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation statement read.

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition shot down a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, state news agency SPA reported.

The drone attack targeting Khamis Mushayt, state was the second on the city in recent days. 

Earlier this month, 10 drones attacked the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border. The attack caused no injuries and did not disrupt operations, Saudi Arabia said.

Al-Maliki said the attacks reflect the size of the Houthi’s losses on the battlefield in Yemen as a result “of the continuing military operations deep inside Saada governorate.”

"All attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to fail and the coalition takes all operational procedures and best practices of engagement rules to deal with these drones to protect civilians," Al-Maliki said on Monday.


Sandstorms expected in Saudi Arabia

Updated 17 September 2019

Sandstorms expected in Saudi Arabia

Sandstorms will hit the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Kingdom’s General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection has warned.

The civil defense will be on standby as surface winds are expected to cause low visibility, increasing the risk of crashes on highways.

They also warned those who suffer from asthma to take extra caution.

Dust storms bring increased air pollution which causes breathing difficulties in people with asthma by irritating the lungs.

Sand storms are frequent across the Middle East.