Saudi-led Coalition Says Destroyed Drone Launched by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaCredit: HANDOUT/ REUTERS
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The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it has destroyed a drone launched by the Iran-aligned group towards the southern region of the kingdom, Saudi state TV reported on Wednesday.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis.

Yemen's Houthis said on Wednesday the United States' sanctions on two of their commanders are proof that it is prolonging the war and making the humanitarian crisis worse, the Iran-aligned group's al-Masirah TV channel reported.

"America is condemning itself and confirming that it is not thinking about stopping the aggression (..) and that it stands behind the prolongation of the war and the exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis," said a Houthi official, Mohammed Abdulsalam, according to the TV.

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Mansur Al-Sa'adi, the Houthi Naval Forces Chief of Staff, and Ahmad 'Ali Ahsan al-Hamzi, the commander of Yemen's Houthi-aligned Yemeni Air Force and Air Defense Forces.

"These individuals command forces that are worsening the humanitarian crisis in Yemen," the Director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea Gacki had said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the government of Yemen are "committed and eager" to find a way to end the war in Yemen and called on the Houthi group to do the same.

Speaking after a visit to the region by his Yemen envoy Tim Lenderking, Blinken told a U.N. humanitarian aid pledging conference: "He reports that the Saudis and the Republic of Yemen government are committed and eager to find a solution to the conflict. We call on the Houthis to match this commitment. A necessary first step is to stop their offensive against Marib."

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