Arab Coalition Destroys Yemen’s Houthi Armed Drone Fired at Saudi Arabia

An Iranian-built drone, used by Houthi rebels in Yemen, and captured by the Arab Coaliton. Victor Besa / The National

The Arab coalition late Sunday intercepted a drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia.

“The joint coalition forces intercepted and destroyed a (explosive-laden) drone in Yemen airspace; launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward the Kingdom to target civilian objects and civilians in a systematic and deliberate manner,” spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“We will work to neutralize and destroy the Houthi capabilities in accordance with international humanitarian law,” the statement also said.

Meanwhile, a Houthi military spokesman a drone launched toward Saudi Abha International Airport. It aimed at “military sites and sensitive targets,” a Houthi militia spokesman said.

The Yemeni army with the support of the Arab coalition has been able to thwart several attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in the past 48 hours, Yemen’s Minister of Information Moammar Al-Eryani also said on Sunday.