RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards the Saudi border city of Najran on Wednesday in the first such incident since late March.
There was no immediate comment from the Houthi group about the attack, which comes after the expiry of a one-month casefire announced by the coalition on April 24, an extension of a two-week truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al – Malki said in a statement carried on the Saudi state news agency that the drones has been directed at civilian targets. He said the alliance would continue to take deterrent measures to ‘neutralize and destroy’ Houthi capabilities.
In late March, after the group fired drones and missiles towards the Saudi capital Riyadh and southern parts of the Kingdom, which were intercepted, the coalition responded with several air strikes on the Houthi – held capital Sanaa.