Arab Coalition intercepts, downs two Houthi drones launched towards Saudi Arabia

File photo of a Houthi militia drone. (File photo: Supplied)

The Arab Coalition intercepted and downed two drones that were launched toward Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Monday, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA) citing the coalition’s spokesman Turki al-Maliki.

The drones were heading towards a “civilian area” in the city of Khamis Mushait, located east of Abha in the Kingdom's southwestern province of Asir.

The Houthi militia continues to violate international human law by launching drones and deliberately targeting civilians, al-Maliki added.

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The Houthis' actions are in violation of the ceasefire and the de-escalation initiative that began in April and has been spearheaded by the coalition, he said.

The Arab Coalition will continue its measures against the Houthis to neutralize and destroy its capabilities in accordance with international humanitarian law, al-Maliki said.

The Iran-backed Houthis have been fighting against the UN-recognized government in Yemen and captured the capital Sanaa in 2014.

The Houthi militia has launched sporadic rocket attacks against Saudi Arabia, including a strike on Abha airport in June, 2019, in which one person was killed and seven others injured.

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Last Update: Monday, 01 June 2020 KSA 12:23 - GMT 09:23
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