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Saudi-led Coalition Says Intercepted Two Houthi Armed Drones

Saudi-led Coalition Says Intercepted Two Houthi Armed Drones

The Saudiled military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday it had intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched by the Iranaligned Houthi movement towards southern Saudi Arabia.

DUBAI: The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday it had intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards southern Saudi Arabia.

A bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted early on Sunday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement on Saudi state media.

Coalition forces later intercepted another drone, also launched towards southern Saudi Arabia with the aim of targeting “civilians and civilian objects”, a second statement quoted Malki as saying.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis after the group ousted the Saudi-backed government from power in the capital Sanaa, in a conflict widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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first published:February 07, 2021, 22:42 IST