Saudi Arabia downs 'explosive' Houthi drone
Coalition spokesman, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki announced the latest development in a statement published on the state-owned Saudi Press Agency [SPA].
“The coalition forces were able, on Friday evening, to intercept and destroy an explosive UAV in Yemeni airspace, which was launched by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia towards the kingdom,” the state said.
“The plane was targeting civilians and civilian objects in a deliberate and systematic manner,” the official claimed, without providing further details.
Friday’s downing of the drone is the second reported incident in just five days.
The rebels said the targets were determined through detailed intelligence, though fell short of revealing the source.
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Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim, the chief of the groups' intelligence and reconnaissance body made the remarks, according to the rebel-run Saba news agency.
More than 120,000 people have died in the Yemen war, which began when Houthi rebels stormed the capital Sanaa and moved south.
The conflict intensified after the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 against the Houthis, with waves of airstrikes that killed thousands and a blockade that has devastated the country.