Saudi-led coalition intercepts, destroys Houthi drone

In this Jan. 27, 2021, handout image released by the U.S. Air Force, a soldier with the U.S. Air Force's 378th Air Expeditionary Wing trains members of the Royal Saudi Air Force Police Wing how to use equipment to counter drone attacks at at Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, targeted Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, causing a civilian plane on the tarmac to catch fire, the kingdom's state television reported, an attack that threatens to escalate Yemen's grinding war. Authorities initially suspected the attack was carried out by a drone. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Leala Marquez, via AP)


DUBAI: The Saudi-led military coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi movement intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Iran-aligned group towards the southern Saudi Arabian city of Khamis Mushait, state media said on Sunday.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a Twitter post that two drones were fired at military hangars in Jazan airport in the south of the kingdom and a military airbase in Khamis Mushait.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis after the movement ousted the internationally recognised government from the capital Sanaa.

The UN and the US have stepped up diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire deal, which Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government have welcomed. The Houthis are pushing for the full lifting of the coalition’s sea and air blockade on areas the group controls.

Houthi forces have also launched a ground offensive in Yemen’s gas-rich Marib region, the government’s last stronghold in the north.