DUBAI (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said in a statement carried by Al-Ikhbariya TV on Tuesday that it had intercepted and destroyed a drone bomb launched by the Houthis towards Khamis Mushait in the south of the kingdom.
A military spokesman for the Houthis, allied with Iran, said afterwards that the group launched a drone at Abha International Airport, near Khamis Mushait.
Brigadier General Yahya Saree said on his Twitter account, “The Air Force carried out an attack operation on Abha International Airport with a 2K drone, targeting an important military site, and the hit was accurate, by the grace of God.”
The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.
The Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, continue to launch regular cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia and a ground offensive in the Yemeni governorate of Ma’rib, as the United Nations and the United States press for a ceasefire deal.
Riyadh and the Yemeni government welcome a truce, but the Houthis want to completely lift the naval and land blockade imposed by the coalition.
The conflict is a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, killing tens of thousands and pushing Yemen to the brink of famine.
(Prepared by Hassan Ammar and Ali Khafaji; for the Arabic publication – Edited by Lubna Sabry)