The Saud-led coalition announced on February 7 that its air-defense forces had intercepted four suicide drones which were launched by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) from Yemen.
The first drone was intercepted by the coalition’s air-defense means in the morning. The remaining three were downed in the evening hours.
In a statement, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, claimed that the drones were launched at civilian targets in the Kingdom.
“A total of four bomb-laden UAVs launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Southern Region have been destroyed today,” the spokesman said in the statement. “The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to undertake all necessary procedures to neutralize and destroy the Advanced Conventional Weapons capabilities of the terrorist militia in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law.”
The Houthis are yet to comment on the coalition’s claims. The Yemen group usually uses locally-made copies of Iranian suicide drones, like the Ababil-2.
The Saudi-led coalition’s claims came following a decision by US President Joe Biden to end all support for the war on Yemen. Furthermore, Washington is now preparing to drop the Houthis’ terrorist designation.
The Houthis launch drone and missile attacks at Saudi Arabia and its proxies in response to the continuous strikes and siege on Yemen. The group will likely back down, if the Saudi-led coalition ceases its attacks.
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