Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi drone, 2 missiles targeting Khamis Mushait

A drone aircraft is put on display at an exhibition at an unidentified location in Yemen in this undated handout photo released by the Houthi Media Office July 9, 2019. (File photo: Reuters)

The Arab Coalition says it has intercepted and destroyed an IED drone and two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militia on Thursday targeting Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.

The spokesman for the Arab Coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, confirmed that forces managed this morning to intercept and shoot down a "booby-trapped" drone that was directed at civilians and civilian infrastructure in the city of Khamis Mushait.

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“The joint forces of the coalition - praise be to God - this evening also managed to intercept and destroy two ballistic missiles launched by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilians and civilian objects in the city of Khamis Mushait,” a statement from the Arab Coalition read.

“Al-Maliki said that the terrorist Houthi militia continues to violate international humanitarian law, and the unsuccessful attempts to target civilians and civilian objects, as well as its continuing threat to regional and international security and undermine political efforts to end the coup and reach a comprehensive political solution in Yemen,” the statement added.

Saudi Arabia has faced repeated attacks in recent years from drones and missiles fired by the Houthi militia from the Kingdom’s southern border with Yemen.

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