The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced, on Friday evening, that it had thwarted a new attack by the Houthis targeting the south of the Kingdom, while the group’s forces said that they had accurately hit “important targets” at the King Khalid base.
In a statement, the coalition reported that it intercepted and destroyed two booby-trapped drones launched towards the cities of Jizan and Khamis Mushait, in southern Saudi Arabia.
He added that the number of drones that were intercepted and destroyed after being launched from Yemen by the Houthis reached 8, saying that all of them tried to target civilians.
For its part, the Houthi “Ansar Allah” forces announced that they had launched an attack with two booby-trapped aircraft on “important targets” at King Khalid Air Base.
The spokesman for the Houthi forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said: “The Air Force is targeting King Khalid Air Base again with two Sumad 3 planes, targeting important sites there and achieving an accurate hit.”
The military official stressed that this attack comes “in response to the continued siege and aggression” on Yemen.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led the Arab coalition, which has been waging intensive military operations in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized Yemeni government loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which has been fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi forces who have controlled the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.