Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi drone targeting Abha

Remnants of a Houthi drone pictured in an earlier incident. (File photo)

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces intercepted a drone launched by the Houthi militias targeting the southwestern city of Abha on Saturday, the Arab Coalition confirmed in a statement.

Arab Coalition Spokesperson Col. Turki al-Maliki said that the Houthis were “trying to target civilian facilities and civilian objects in desperate and repeated attempts.”

“We affirm our legitimate right to take the appropriate deterrence measures, with such hostile acts and in conformity with international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” he said.

Earlier reports had said that the attack on Saturday was in the form of a ballistic missile.

Saudi forces on Friday intercepted five drones launched by Iran-backed Houthi militias, an Arab-led military coalition said.

The drones targeted Abha airport, where a Houthi missile on Wednesday left 26 civilians wounded, and the nearby city of Khamis Mushait, which houses a major airbase, the coalition said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59