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Saudi-led coalition says it downed armed drone, 2 missiles launched by Houthis

Filed on August 13, 2020
Saudi Arabia, coalition, fighting, Houthi, Yemen, downed, armed drone, missiles
Yemen's Houthi rebels have recently started using drones in their attacks on Saudi Arabia.


Cross-border attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi forces have escalated since late May.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said it intercepted and downed an armed drone and two ballistic missiles launched towards a southern part of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Cross-border attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi forces have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the coronavirus pandemic expired. In late June, missiles reached the Saudi capital Riyadh. The coalition has retaliated with air strikes.

The coalition statement said it intercepted an armed drone on Thursday morning and two ballistic missiles on Thursday evening. Both had been launched towards the Khamis Mushait area of southern Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border.

Yemen has been mired in conflict since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by Houthi forces.

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