Saudi-Led Coalition Reports Downing Houthi Drones Launched Toward Border City

Middle East

The missile interception comes amid renewed clashes along the border area between the two countries, with the Riyadh-led war against the Yemeni militia group entering its sixth year in March.

Saudi air defences have intercepted and destroyed several Houthi drones launched toward the border city of Najran, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition has reported.

Al-Maliki accused the Houthis of deliberately launching the drones at civilian targets, and repeated Riyadh’s long-standing claim that the militia group was “Iran-backed.”

A day earlier, Saudi civil defence reported that three local civilians were injured by shrapnel from a projectile fired by the Houthis toward border villages in Jazan region.

The attacks follow reports last week that the the Saudi-led coalition had conducted at least a dozen air raids on Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen’s northwestern and central provinces. Before that, in April, the coalition carried out dozens more airstrikes against the war-torn country, including attacks on Sanaa and its suburbs.

The Saudi-led coalition announced a 14-day halt in its operations in Yemen on April 8, but attacks resumed soon afterward following a Houthi rocket attack on forces aligned with the Saudi coalition in the city of Marib.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has repeatedly called for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen amid the large number of problems faced by the country’s…

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