Saudi intercepts drone launched by Yemen’s Houthis towards Jizan

The rebels have repeatedly targeted Saudi airports with armed drones over the past two weeks

The rebels have repeatedly targeted Saudi airports with armed drones over the past two weeks

The Houthis have stepped up attacks on the kingdom in the past two weeks - including a drone strike on two oil pumping stations near Riyadh - in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late a year ago amid UN-led peace efforts.

Quoted by the Saudi Press Agency, Colonel Turki Al-Malki said that at 7.14 a.m., the RSADF foiled the attack launched by the Houthi militias without any regard for worldwide humanitarian law and its customary rules, which give special protection to civilian objects.

The Saudi announcement came hours after the Houthis said they used an armed drone to attack warplane runways at Jizan airport.

Houthi-run Masirah TV said earlier on Sunday the group had launched a drone strike on military hangars at the airport.

The Saudi Air Defense has shot down a drone launched by the Houthis targeting the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Airport in Jazan.

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The Houthis took responsibility for drone strikes on oil stations in Saudi Arabia on May 14, and last week said they were planning attacks on 300 targets in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their bases in Yemen.

There was no immediate reaction to his statement from Riyadh, which has not yet recognised the port pullout.

Saudi Arabia, leading a Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition, intervened in neighboring Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa.

Since then, the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, relief agencies say.

It has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million - more than two-thirds of the population - in need of aid.

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