Saudi air defenses intercept armed Houthi drone targeting Abha airport


August 31, 2021


This File Photo taken on June 12, 2019, shows the entrance of Abha airport in the popular mountain resort of Abha in the southwest of Saudi Arabia. Photo: AFP


By Saudi Gazette


RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have intercepted and destroyed early Tuesday an explosive-laden drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport.

In a statement, the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen called the attempt of the Houthi militia to deliberately target the airport a war crime.

“We are taking operational measures to deal with sources of threats to protect civilians and civilian facilities, the coalition said in the statement.

The coalition said that shrapnel was scattered by the interception in the vicinity of the airport, without injuries or damage.

On Monday, the coalition shot down two drones; one targeting Jazan, and the other targeting Najran.

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