Saudi intercepts drones fired at ‘civilian airports’

Saudi has seen a rise in Houthi drone attacks in the past few months



The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen intercepted and shot down Houthi drones heading towards “civilian airports” in the kingdom on Monday morning, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Maliki confirmed that Saudi air forces managed to destroy the drones, but did not specify details about the airports targeted.

Yemeni Houthi forces claimed the drone attacks targeted the King Khalid airbase and Abha and Najran airports.

Al-Maliki stressed that the Houthi attempts to target airports and civilians were in clear “violation of international humanitarian law”.

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.

Last month, 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.

An attack on the Abha airport in June killed one person and wounded several others.

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