Saudi says Yemen rebel drone intercepted after Abha hit

DUBAI (HRNW) – Saudi forces intercepted an armed drone fired by Huthi rebels in Yemen on Thursday, the Riyadh-led coalition said, a day after a rebel strike on an airport in the kingdom.

The latest drone attack targeted the garrison town of Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia that hosts a key airbase but was destroyed before reaching its target, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said, quoted by the kingdom’s official SPA agency.

Several drones attacked Abha’s international airport in the kingdom’s southwest on Wednesday prompting Washington to call for an end to Huthi aggression.

The coalition said the attack set a civilian aircraft ablaze, while the Huthis said they had struck Abha airport with four drones, claiming it was used to launch attacks inside Yemen.

The United Stated reacted by calling for the rebels to “immediately stop these aggressive acts”, just days after demanding an end to any new offensive in Yemen.

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