The Arab Coalition has targeted and destroyed a drone launchpad in the Yemeni capital Sanaa used for “hostile” operations to launch explosive drones against Saudi Arabia, the coalition confirmed in a statement.
The coalition added that the launchpad it destroyed in Sanaa was used by the Iran-backed Houthis to launch the two drones at Abha airport.
Watch: Footage shows the targeting and destruction of a launchpad in #Sanaa used in the explosive drone attack by the #Houthis that targeted #SaudiArabia's Abha airport earlier in the day.https://t.co/YmBUaMhnA3 pic.twitter.com/4nQtfMJBd2— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 31, 2021
The latest attack comes after at least eight people were injured on Monday in Houthi drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport that also damaged a civilian airplane.
According to Al Arabiya sources, shrapnel, or fragments from the drone, had scattered across the airport grounds when the drone was destroyed, resulting in the injuries.
The Houthis regularly launch attacks on Saudi Arabia and Yemeni areas under the control of the internationally-recognized government. Iran backs the group in its fight against the Yemeni Armed Forces and supplies the Houthis with weapons, drones, and military training as well.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards Jazan.
The Arab Coalition had said that air defense forces “thwarted the militias’ futile attempts” to target the Kingdom.