SAUDI ARABIA

Arab Coalition intercepts armed Houthi drone targeting Khamis Mushait

February 18, 2021
Turki Al-Maliki
Turki Al-Maliki

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The Arab Coalition forces intercepted and destroyed early Thursday yet another armed drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting the southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said: “The coalition forces have intercepted and destroyed this morning (Thursday) a bomb-laden drone launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian facilities in Khamis Mushait.”

“These acts of aggression to deliberately and systematically target civilians and civilian facilities by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia amount to war crimes,” the statement read.

“The coalition will continue to implement all necessary operational procedures to safeguard civilians and civilian objects in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” the statement added.

On Wednesday, the coalition forces said they intercepted and destroyed an armed drone launched by the Houthi militia toward Khamis Mushait.

The Houthi militia has stepped up attacks against Saudi Arabia recently. It has targeted the airport in Abha a couple of times recently.


February 18, 2021
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