Arab Coalition Downs 2 Houthi Drones Fired towards Saudi Arabia

Arab coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki. (AFP)

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intercepted and downed on Monday two drones fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia.

Arab Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the drones launched from Yemen towards civilian areas in Khamis Mushait.

He slammed the Houthis for their ongoing violation of international humanitarian law; through their firing of such aircraft and their deliberate targeting of civilians.

Such hostile and terrorist acts also underscore the Houthis’ rejection of the coalition’s ceasefire. Nevertheless, de-escalation initiative that it had announced on April 9, he added.

Instead of reciprocating, the Houthis persisted in their violations; committing over 5,000 using all forms of light and heavy weapons, as well as ballistic missiles, said Malki.

Few days ago, the Arab Coalition has intercepted and shot down several drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting the southern border city of Najran in Saudi Arabia, according to a spokesperson.

The Arab Coalition declared a complete ceasefire in Yemen starting April 29, according to a coalition statement as part of efforts to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Initially, the ceasefire was to last two weeks but has been extended since.