RIYADH (HRNW) – Saudi Arabia on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile and two drones fired by Yemen s Huthi rebels, a Riyadh-led coalition said, as Western powers denounced a strike on an airport a day earlier.
The Iran-backed Huthis have escalated attacks on the kingdom and Saudi-backed Yemeni forces days after the United States moved to delist the rebels as terrorists and stepped up efforts to de-escalate the six-year conflict.
A rebel drone early Thursday targeted the southern garrison town of Khamis Mushait that hosts a key airbase, but was destroyed before reaching its target, the official SPA news agency cited the coalition as saying.
Hours later, the coalition said it intercepted a rebel ballistic missile launched towards Khamis Mushait and another explosives-laden drone that targeted the kingdom s southern region.
The coalition did not report any casualties or damage.
The strikes come after the rebels mounted a drone attack on Abha international airport in the kingdom s southwest on Wednesday, leaving a civilian plane ablaze.