Coalition destroys Houthis’ drone cave

Col. Turki Al-Maliki

Riyadh — The Arab Coalition launched an air raid Saturday on a cave in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, used by Houthi rebels to stockpile drones, a spokesman said.

The cave near the presidential palace in Houthi-held Sanaa contained drones to be used in “terrorist operations”, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

The “military target, a cave used by the terrorist Houthi militia to stockpile drones was destroyed,” he said, in a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency.

According to Maliki, the strikes were an extension of military operations that targeted and destroyed an integrated network of logistical capabilities and facilities for Houthi drones, as well as locations where foreign experts are present.

He reiterated the Coalition’s commitment to prevent the Houthi militias from using these advanced capabilities, and to take all necessary measures to protect civilians as well as vital facilities from the threat of drones.

He noted that the Coalition’s operations are in accordance with international humanitarian law and customs, and that the joint command took all precautionary measures to protect civilians.

Earlier this month, the Coalition said that Saudi air defenses intercepted two drones launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen that targeted Khamis Mushait. — Agencies