Saudi-led Coalition Forces Destroy Drone Launched by Yemen Houthi Rebels

The drone was downed in Yemeni airspace, Saudi statement media cited a coalition spokesman as saying

A projectile and a drone launched at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthis are displayed at a Saudi military base, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2019.
\ STEPHEN KALIN/ REUTERS

Saudi-led coalition forces intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels toward Saudi Arabia, coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said on Monday.

The drone was "intercepted and brought down" in Yemeni airspace on Monday morning, al-Malki said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
 
Houthis have launched a string of drone and missile attacks into Saudi territory, including targeting Abha airport near the Yemeni border and oil pipeline boosters in Riyadh.

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They have intensified their attacks in recent weeks amid heightened tensions in the region between the United States and Iran, a regional rival of Riyadh.

Houthis in 2014 took over Yemen's capital Sana'a and other areas of the country. The Saudi coalition has been fighting the Houthis since 2015, when it was formed to counter advances by the Iran-allied rebels towards the Yemeni government's temporary seat in Aden.
 
The devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis has left Yemen, already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, with a hunger crisis and massive damage to infrastructure across the country.