Saudi Arabia intercepts 2 Yemen rebel drones

The Iran-backed Houthis have increasingly used drones to target southern Saudi Arabia.
Sunday 30/06/2019
A projectile and a drone launched at Saudi Arabia by YemenÕs Houthis are displayed at a Saudi military base, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2019. (Reuters)
A projectile and a drone launched at Saudi Arabia by YemenÕs Houthis are displayed at a Saudi military base, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2019. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia says it intercepted two drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels targeting the kingdom.

The Houthi's Al-Masirah satellite news channel late Saturday said the rebels targeted Saudi airports in Abha and Jizan with Qasef-2K drones.

The kingdom's state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted military spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki as saying the country intercepted two drones launched by the Houthis, which caused no damage or casualties.

The Iran-backed Houthis have increasingly used drones to target southern Saudi Arabia, including two recent strikes on the Abha airport, which killed one person and wounded over 30.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis since March 2015, with their airstrikes internationally criticised for killing civilians.

The drone attacks have increased tension on the gulf region amid US - Iranian showdown.

(AP)