Saudi intercepts Yemeni rebel missile, drones after airport hit: coalition

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.

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