Saudi air defences intercept 17 Houthi armed drones

Drones were fired at Khamis Mushait as well as the city of Najran.
Sunday 20/06/2021
A file photoo shows followers of the Houthi movement carrying a mock drone during a rally held in Saada, Yemen. (REUTERS)
A file photoo shows followers of the Houthi movement carrying a mock drone during a rally held in Saada, Yemen.(REUTERS)

RIYADH--Saudi Arabian air defences late on Saturday destroyed six armed drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi movement towards the kingdom, bringing the total it intercepted during the day to 17, state TV cited the Saudi-led coalition as saying.

The Houthi military spokesman had said earlier in the day on Twitter that one drone was launched at a military base in Khamis Mushait.

The coalition said two further drones were fired at Khamis Mushait while eight drones were fired towards the south of the kingdom, one of which was aimed towards the city of Najran, according to state TV.

All of these were intercepted.

The Iran-backed Houthis have frequently targeted Khamis Mushait and other Saudi cities along the frontier in the more than six-year-old Yemen war.

The Houthis have rejected all truce proposals made by Saudi Arabia and international envoys as a step towards a settlement.

A military coalition led by Riyadh intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed, internationally recognised government from the capital Sana’a.