The Arab Coalition intercepted an explosive drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthis towards the Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, the coalition’s spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki said on Saturday.
The coalition destroyed the improvised explosive device (IED) that was heading towards the airport, he said.
The “terrorist attacks” by the Houthis are a “systematic” and “deliberate” attempt to target civilians, the spokesperson added.
The latest attempted attack comes after a civilian plane caught fire on Wednesday when it was hit by a Houthi drone.
Remnants of the wreckage show that the explosive drone is of the Qasef type, which is a replica of the Iranian UAV, Ababil T. pic.twitter.com/9kmKOnCXEL— Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) February 10, 2021
The Iran-backed group took responsibility for the attack shortly after the airport was hit.
“The UAV air force targeted the airfields of warplanes at Abha International Airport - which is used for military purposes to target the Yemeni people - with four drones,” Yahya Sarie,” Houthi military spokesman said in a tweet after the attack on Wednesday.
“The strike was accurate, thanks to God.”
A US State Department spokesperson told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Thursday that Washington will continue to put pressure on the Iran-backed Houthi militia in an effort to end the group’s “heinous” attacks in the region.