MILAN | ITALY – A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom as Yemen’s Houthi group said it had it a target at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport.
In a statement published by Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition said the Iran – aligned group in Yemen had launched the drone at civilian targets in the southern Saudi region of Khamis Mushait, near the Yemeni border.
A spokesman for the Houthi military forces, Yahya Sarea, said a drone had made a precise strike on a military target at Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia.
Abha airport, near the border, has been a regular target for Houthi drones and missiles in the last two years. Many have been intercepted, but some have hit, causing deaths and injuries.
Yemen has been mired in conflict since a Saudi – led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government ousted from power in the capital of Sanaa by Houthu forces in late 2014.
The U.N. is mediating a process to try to get Yemen’s Saudi – backed government and the Houthis to reach an agreement to end and the war and ease a humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country.