Saudi forces intercept Houthi scout drone over Abha airport

by Antonio Miles April 12, 2018, 0:37
Saudi forces intercept Houthi scout drone over Abha airport

Last month the Saudi army intercepted seven missiles over Riyadh launched by the rebels.

Houthi rebels in Yemen has upped the ante on Wednesday, firing ballistic missiles over Riyadh, according to the Houthis, in retaliation for air raids led by a Saudi-led coalition.

The missile was shot down just hours after Saudi military brought down a Houthi-rebel drone at an global airport in the southern city of Abha.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict.

The announcement came after three blasts and clouds of smoke were seen in the sky in Riyadh.

The missile is thought to have been fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, who a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing since March 2015, when it intervened in support of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in an effort to prevent Houthis from maintaining the capital of Sanaa.

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Saudi coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki accused rival Iran of being behind Wednesday's attacks. While missile strikes against Riyadh are growing in frequency, the Houthis have more often targeted southern Saudi border cities and towns.

Yemen's armed Houthi movement said on Wednesday it had launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco in southern Saudi Arabia - though the company said its plants there were operating "normally and safely".

They have frequently claimed attacks, including on Aramco facilities, that Saudi Arabia and its main ally the United Arab Emirates have either said did not happen or were intercepted.

The Houthis' Al-Masirah TV channel did not say when the attack took place or give details of any damage.

The Houthis previous year unveiled the Qasef-1 drone, along with three other new types of drones used for surveillance and attack, claiming they were indigenously made.


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