Early on October 17, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had intercepted and shot down two suicide drones which were launched from Yemen, allegedly by the Houthis (Ansar Allah).
In a statement shared by the Saudi Press Agency, the coalition said that the two drones were heading towards Saudi Arabia’s southern region.
“We are taking operational measures to protect civilians and civilian properties from hostile attacks,” the statement reads.
The two drones were most likely shot down within Yemen airspace by fighter jets of the Royal Saudi Air Force with air-to-air missiles.
A few hours after the encounter, the Saudi-led coalition said that its warplanes carried out 41 airstrikes on Houthi forces in the district of al-Abdiyah in the central Yemen province of Ma’rib.
The coalition claimed that 165 Houthis fighters were killed and ten military vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes. These numbers were not verified by any independent side.
The Houthis have been advancing towards Ma’rib city for more than seven months now. During a very recent operation, codenamed “Spring of Victory,” the Yemeni group captured two district in Ma’rib, including al-Abdiyah, and three others in the nearby province of Shabwah.