Saudi-led Coalition Says It Intercepted a Houthi Drone Launched at Kingdom

Yemen's Houthis reported earlier that drone attacks had hit Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport and Tihama power station, but Saudis say drone didn't hit targets

The entrance of Saudi Arabia's Abha airport, June 24, 2019.
\ NAEL SHYOUKHI/ REUTERS

The Saudi-led military coalition spokesman said late on Monday that the coalition had intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by Yemen's Houthi group at civil targets in the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

"The drone has not achieved its targets," a coalition statement said.

The Iran-aligned Houthis, who are fighting the coalition in Yemen, have repeatedly launched attacks against targets in neighbouring Saudi Arabia. A TV station run by the Houthis reported earlier on Monday that drone attacks had hit Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport and Tihama power station.

The Saudi owned Al-Arabiya TV channel said on Monday that air traffic at Abha airport is normal after intercepting a Houthis’ aircraft.

No further details were immediately available from the Saudi-led coalition.

Earlier Monday, a Saudi military spokesman said that naval forces from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen foiled an attempted attack on a commercial ship in the Red Sea by Houthi forces.

A tweet by Saudi state television quoting Colonel Turki al-Malki did not name the ship or provide other details about the incident.

However a Houthi military spokesman denied the group had targeted commercial ships in the Red Sea, the group's Al Masirah TV reported.