Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi drones fired from Yemen at Asser region

The attack shows the 'terrorist tendencies' of the Houthis, Arab Coalition says

epa06673850 Colonel Turki al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition forces against Houthi forces, addresses a news conference in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 16 April 2018. Officials said that  Riyadh Air Defense intercepted five missiles and two unmanned aircraft over the past few days.  EPA/Ahmed Yosri
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Saudi Arabia’s air forces intercepted and destroyed several Houthi drones on Tuesday launched from Yemen, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Colonel Turki Al Malki said the Arab Coalition, which is fighting in support of the internationally recognised government of Yemen, destroyed the unmanned aerial vehicles in the air before they could reach their targets.

The drones were launched towards the southwest province of Asser, which is near the Yemen border.

The province has come under several attacks by the rebels in recent weeks as tensions between Iran, which backs the Houthis in Yemen, and the west have heightened.

“The failed attempts by the rebels to target Saudi civilian and infrastructure reflects their terrorist tendencies and is a clear violation of international law,” coalition spokesperson Col  Al Malki said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the Arab Coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government, which was pushed out of the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014.

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