Saudi Arabia destroys three explosive-laden drones

Khamis Mushait and Jazan in southern Saudi Arabia came under attack

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 03, 2017 Saudi border guards keep watch along the border with Yemen in the al-Khubah area in the southern Jizan province. A projectile attack sparked a fire at an oil terminal in southern Saudi Arabia, the country's energy ministry said on March 25, 2021, on the sixth anniversary of a Riyadh-led military intervention in Yemen. The ministry did not say who was behind the strike in Jizan province, but it comes as Yemen's Huthi rebels escalate attacks on the kingdom -- including its energy facilities -- despite Saudi Arabia's offer this week for a ceasefire.
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Saudi Arabia destroyed three explosives-laden drones fired towards civilian populations in the kingdom's southern cities of Jazan and Khamis Mushait, state media reported on Friday.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting to restore the internationally recognised Yemeni government said they foiled the latest in an increasing number of attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels over the border.

"We take all necessary measures to protect civilians, in accordance with humanitarian law," the coalition said on Friday.

A top US commander said the Houthi rebels had launched more than 150 ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia since the start of the year.

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet said Iran must engage in negotiations to avoid escalation and regional tension.