Saudi forces shoot down Houthi drone aimed at Khamis Mushayt

Sun, 2021-05-02 04:23

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses have intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by Houthis from Yemen toward the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, the Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s legitimate government said early Sunday.

Earlier, Reuters quoted Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea as claiming on social media that the Iran-backed militia targeted King Khalid air base in Khamis Mushayt with a drone earlier, and that the “hit was precise.”

There was no confirmation from Saudi authorities of any damages.

The report came a day after a Saudi Defense Ministry report saying Saudi air defenses shot down an unspecified ‘hostile air target’ aimed at the western Saudi port city of Jeddah early Saturday.

The Houthis have stepped up their missile, rocket and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in response to peace overtures by Riyadh. 

(With Reuters)

The parts of a previously intercepted drone launched towards Khamis Mushayt by Houthi terrorists is shown in this file photo. (SPA)
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