Saudi coalition intercepts Houthi drone and missile in south of kingdom

The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a bomb-laden drone, launched toward civilians in the south of the kingdom by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

A statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, citing the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Col Turki Al Malki, said that joint coalition forces had also intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the rebel militia in the port city of Jizan.

Mr Al Malki called it “a deliberate, systematic manner to target civilians and civilian objects in Jizan”.

“The Houthis used civilians and civilian objects to shield the launch site of the ballistic missile,” the statement added.

Cross-border attacks by the Houthis have increased since late May, when a truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic ended.

Yemen has been locked in conflict since 2014 when the Houthis seized Sanaa, the capital, and then much of the country’s north. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition intervened to restore the government of President .

Updated: August 23, 2020 02:20 PM

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