Saudi Arabia says it intercepts Yemen rebel drones, missiles

Saudi Arabia says it intercepts Yemen rebel drones, missiles

By: AP | Yemen |

Up to date: June 23, 2020 4:46:10 pm


The Houthis have up to now launched drone and missile assaults towards the dominion, which has used its airpower to hold out devastating airstrikes which have additionally killed Yemeni civilians, drawing worldwide condemnation.

Saudi Arabia stated on Tuesday that it intercepted ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in an assault that started the earlier night time.

The dominion has fought years lengthy warfare towards the Iranian-backed Houthis, who seized Yemen’s capital in September 2014.

The rebels didn’t instantly acknowledge the assault, although their Al-Masirah satellite tv for pc information channel stated their forces would make an announcement later within the day about “a broad operation in Saudi Arabia.”

The assault started late Monday, with a short assertion on the state-run Saudi Press Company suggesting different drones could have slipped handed Saudi air defenses, with out elaborating.

On Tuesday, the SPA information company quoted the dominion’s navy spokesman, Col. Turki al-Malki, as saying that Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired “towards Riyadh.” The report didn’t elaborate.

Al-Malki stated the Houthis launched two different ballistic missiles and eight bomb-carrying drones within the assault, all of which the dominion destroyed.

The Houthis have up to now launched drone and missile assaults towards the dominion, which has used its airpower to hold out devastating airstrikes which have additionally killed Yemeni civilians, drawing worldwide condemnation.

The rebels have largely ignored a unilateral cease-fire earlier declared by Saudi Arabia, which launched its marketing campaign towards them in 2015 to again Yemen’s internationally acknowledged authorities.

The assault got here after Saudi Arabia introduced on Monday that Yemen’s southern separatists, backed by the United Arab Emirates, and the nation’s internationally acknowledged authorities have agreed to a cease-fire after months of infighting.

The settlement goals to shut the rift between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, nominal allies in a warfare towards the Houthis. (AP)

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