Saudi forces destroy Houthi drone targeting civilian areas in Asir

The Houthis have stepped up their attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia in the past few months

A picture taken on June 19, 2018 in Abu Dhabi shows Iranian-made Ababil drones and its parts which the Emirati armed forces say were used by Houthi rebels in Yemen in battles against the coalition forces. Picture courtesy: Getty Images

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen intercepted and shot down a Houthi drone heading towards civilian targets in Asir on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen Colonel Turki al-Maliki stressed that the “failed attempts to target civilian areas” by the Houthis reflect the “terrorist tendency which is in clear violation of international humanitarian law”.

The Houthis have stepped up their attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia in the past few months.

In response, the coalition has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.

Last week, Saudi forces intercepted and shot down two unmanned drones launched by the Houthis towards Khamis Mushait city.

The process of intercepting and shooting down the hostile aircraft caused the fall of shrapnel and debris, in a residential neighbourhood, resulting in minor damages of a residential building and some vehicles.

No casualties were reported.

The Saudi-led coalition also intercepted and destroyed three Houthi drones launched towards Jizan and Abha last week.

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Saudi Arabia has been targeted by hundreds of missile attacks since entering the Yemen civil war in 2015 to support ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Houthis.

An attack on the Abha airport last month killed one person and wounded several others.

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