Arab coalition intercepts 2 Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s anti-missile systems. (File/AFP)
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Updated 02 June 2020

Arab coalition intercepts 2 Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia

  • The drones were launched towards Khamis Mushait city
  • The attack came as the Kingdom hosted a donor conference for Yemen

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to support the internationally recognized government in Yemen has intercepted two Houthi drones fired towards Saudi Arabia.
Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said coalition forces “were able to intercept and shoot down the two drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards civilian targets in the city of  Khamis Mushait.”
He added that the Houthis continue to violate international humanitarian law by launching drones and deliberately targeting civilians, as well as populated centers, which threatens the lives of hundreds of civilians.
“These hostilities represent a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law,” he said, adding that the acts confirm the militia’s rejection of a ceasefire announced by the coalition April.
Al-Maliki also said the Houthis had committed 5,000 violations including the use of light and heavy weapons, as well as ballistic missiles.
He added that the coalition continues to take and implement deterrent measures to neutralize and destroy these capabilities.
The attack came as the Kingdom hosted a donor conference for Yemen for humanitarian aid.


Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

  • There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,258 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths from the disease.
The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 280,093. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 2,949. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 89 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 75 reported in Al-Hufoof and 65 in Dammam.

There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 242,053.