RIYADH: The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed six armed Houthi drones targeting the Kingdom in a coordinated atack on Wednesday.
The drones targeted civilians and residential property, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. The coalition, he said, is taking steps to ensure people remain safe from Houthi attacks.
Later on Wednesday, the coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles targeting the Saudi cities of Jazan, Najran and Khamis Mushait.
It also countered a hostile threat targeting civilians in the Kingdom by destroying two "targets in the air" launched by the Iran backed Houthis, Al-Ekhbariya reported.
Al-Maliki said the Houthi militia's hostile behaviour is against international law.
The UAE condemned the Houthi attacks and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the strikes as a dangerous escalation.
The ministry added that it stands in solidarity with the Kingdom and supports any measures it takes to ensure the safety and security of its citizens and residents.
The ministry said that the security of both the UAE and Saudi Arabia are indivisible, and that any threat or danger facing the Kingdom is considered by the UAE as a threat to its own security and stability.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also condemned the attacks as a flagrant violation of international law that threatens the security of Gulf states.
The GCC supports Saudi Arabia’s measures to protect its security and called on the international community to confront Houthi attempts to destabilize security in the region, Secretary-General Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf said.