Coalition downs Houthi drone, missile targeting KSA

Col. Turki Al-Maliki, the Arab Coalition spokesperson. — File photo

Arab Coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone and a ballistic missile; launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia late Saturday.

The drone attempted to target the Kingdom’s southern region; while the ballistic missile was headed toward Jazan; the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki as saying. Coalition intercepted both attacks; coalition spokesman Col. Al-Maliki said.

Cross-border attacks by Iran-backed Houthi forces have escalated since late May, when a truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic expired.

On Thursday evening; the joint coalition forces had intercepted and downed a bomb-laden drone and ballistic missile headed for the Kingdom.

Al-Malki said joint coalition forces intercepted and destroyed the drone launched by the Houthi militia from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa targeting civilians in the southern region.

Earlier on Monday; the Houthi militia launched a military projectile from inside the Yemeni territory toward a border village in Jazan region.

The projectile damaged two adjoining houses and a vehicle but no fatalities or injuries were reported; Civil Defense authorities said.