Coalition forces intercept 3 drones, one targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushayt

A drone launched from Sanaa targetied the southwestern city of Khamis Mushayt. (SPA/File photo)
Updated 27 August 2019

Coalition forces intercept 3 drones, one targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushayt

  • Two of the drones were launched from Sanaa
  • The second drone’s target was not specified

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition has destroyed three drones launched by Houthi militants in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the coalition, said one of the drones, launched from Sanaa, targeted the south-western city of Khamis Mushayt when it was intercepted.

The coalition did not specify where the last two drones were headed, but said that one of them was also launched from Sanaa. Both were shot down over Yemen.

The coalition later said the Houthis also fired a ballistic missile from Amran province on Tuesday evening that landed in Yemen's Saada province.
Col. Al-Maliki said the group “used civilian objects for the launch site” in Harf Sufyan district.
He said the Houthis “continue to violate international humanitarian law by firing ballistic missile†arabes and indiscriminately landing on civilians, threatening the lives of dozens of civilians.”
The attacks on Tuesday come as the Houthis have ramped up their attempts to attack Saudi targets with their crude drones, that carry explosives.

On Monday morning, another drone launched from Al-Jawf in Yemen was intercepted while it was still in Yemen’s airspace.

On Sunday, coalition forces also destroyed a drone and intercepted six ballistic missiles targeting Jazan in Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen.
Earlier in August, 10 drones were fired at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia, near the UAE border – the Houthis claim responsibility for the attack.
There were no injuries and operations were not disrupted.


Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet voices support for Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.