Arab Coalition Claims to Have Destroyed Drone Launched Towards Saudi Arabia

Middle East

Riyadh and its allies have been at war with the Houthi (Ansar Allah) movement since March 2015, and despite vast military and technological superiority, have so far failed to dislodge the Shiite militia from its strongholds in west Yemen. In recent years, the Houthis have lobbed hundreds of ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones at Saudi Arabia.

Saudi coalition forces have destroyed a Houthi drone launched toward the kingdom’s southern region, Saudi state television has reported.

Al-Maliki said the coalition was monitoring for hostile activity by the Houthis using such booby-trapped drones, and was taking the measures necessary to neutralize the threats.

Houthi drone and missile attacks are a common occurrence in Saudi Arabia’s southern regions, with the militia targeting military infrastructure and bases, airports, oil infrastructure, missile defences, and cities. On Tuesday, the coalition released a clip allegedly showing the moment of interception and destruction of an explosive-laden drone targeting the kingdom.

Tweet reads: “Joint Forces Command of the Coalition displays footage of the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped drone, which was launched by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia today, Tuesday, toward the Kingdom to target civilians and civilian objects in a systematic and deliberate manner.”

The Houthis aren’t the only side that uses drones. On Monday, the militia reported…

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