Saudi says it intercepts another drone headed towards the kingdom

The kingdom has seen several drone strikes in recent weeks



Saudi air defence forces intercepted another Houthi drone headed towards the kingdom on Wednesday morning, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the drone was intercepted at 9am in the morning.

The unmanned drone was fired by the Houthi militia from Hodeidah province and was intercepted over the airspace in Hajjah province before entering the airspace of Saudi Arabia, the report stated.

“The Houthi terrorist militia continues to violate the Stockholm agreement and breach the ceasefire in Hodeidah,” Al Maliki said.

“We affirm our legitimate right to defend our country, and we also confirm that we will continue to neutralise hostile Houthi capabilities,” he added.

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.

The Houthis have stepped up attacks against the kingdom in recent times.

Earlier this week, Saudi forces intercepted two drones launched by the Houthis, including one aimed at a residential area in Abha,

Another drone targeting Abha was intercepted on Saturday, while a missile attack targeting the Abha airport last Wednesday left 26 people injured.

Read: Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport wounds 26

The coalition also said last week that it intercepted five drones that targeted Abha airport and Khamis Mushait.

Read: Saudi air defence intercepts five Houthi drones in airport attack

In response, the coalition said it had destroyed Houthi military assets on the outskirts of capital Sanaa – which is held by the Houthis.