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Arab Coalition destroys Houthi explosive-laden drone launched toward Saudi Arabia

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The Arab Coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched toward Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, state news agency SPA reported early Wednesday.

The Coalition’s spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said: "The Coalition's joint forces intercepted and destroyed on Wednesday morning an explosive-laden drone launched by the terrorist Houthi militia in a deliberate attempt to target civilan objects and civilans in the southern region [of Saudi Arabia]," SPA reported.

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This comes after the Coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, and another drone launched toward the Kingdom on Sunday.

According to a Reuters report, a Houthi military spokesman said on Sunday the militia launched an attack with drones on Saudi Abha International Airport. It aimed at “military sites and sensitive targets,” which were accurately hit, spokesman Yahya Sarea said.

Cross-border attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi forces have escalated since late May, when a truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic expired. In late June, missiles reached the Saudi capital Riyadh.

- With Reuters

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