Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 October 2020

Saudi-led coalition intercepts Houthi drone fired at kingdom

Iran-backed rebels aimed for civilian sites in Saudi Arabia

Most Houthi drones sent towards Saudi cities have been intercepted. AFP
Most Houthi drones sent towards Saudi cities have been intercepted. AFP

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday that it intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom.

Coalition spokesman Col Turki Al Malki said the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen had launched drones at civilian targets in the kingdom’s southern region of Khamis Mushait, near the border.

The Houthis claimed they were aiming at Abha airport, a civilian complex that has been the target of the Yemeni rebels many times in the past two years.

Many attacks have been intercepted but some have caused damage, death and injuries.

Yemen has been mired in conflict for more than five years since the northern Houthi rebels stormed the capital in 2014, prompting the government to request regional support.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government removed from power in the capital Sanaa.

The UN is trying to have Yemen's government and the Houthis reach an agreement to end the war and ease a humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country.

Delegations from the warring parties are due to meet in Switzerland this week for talks on a UN-brokered prisoner exchange deal.

Updated: September 18, 2020 02:07 AM

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