Saudi-led coalition intercepts missiles, drones from Yemen’s Houthis
RIAYDH - The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six explosive drones launched overnight by Iran-backed Houthi militias towards the kingdom.
The coalition, in a statement published by the Saudi state news agency SPA, did not say where the objects where intercepted, but said the drones had been launched from the Houthi-controlled capital Sana’a towards Saudi Arabia.
A statement by the official spokesman of the coalition, colonel Turki Al-Malki, said the two ballistic missiles and “six bomb-laden USVs” were “launched deliberately from (Sana’a) to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.”
“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to implement and undertake all necessary procedures to protect civilians and civilian objects, in addition to all operational procedures to put a stop to these terrorist acts and failed attempts in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.
The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the internationally recognised government from the capital, Sana’a, in late 2014.
The Houthis, who control most large urban centres, are actively supported by Tehran, which supplies them with weapons and drones.
Houthi-run news outlet Al Masirah said the coalition had carried out air strikes on various regions under Houthi control on Monday.
The United Nations recently launched virtual talks among the warring parties on a permanent ceasefire and confidence-building steps to restart peace negotiations.
But discussions have been complicated by the surge in violence since the ceasefire expired.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the Houthi attacks and expressed Monday Cairo’s “full solidarity” with Saudi Arabia and its support for the kingdom in “all measures taken to defend its lands and protect its national security.”