The Saudi-led coalition intercepted a total of six “booby-trapped” drones launched from Yemen by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) over the last few days.
A single drone was intercepted on June 22. It was reportedly heading to attack a target in the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait. Early on June 23, the second drone was shot down while it was on its way to the southern city of Jizan. In the afternoon of the same day, four drones were shot down over the Kingdom’s southern region.
“The efficiency of [our] air defenses foiled all hostile [attack] attempts on the Kingdom,” the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement addressing the most recent drone attack.
The drones were most likely shot down by warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force. F15 fighter jets armed with AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile are usually tasked with such critical missions.
The Houthis have not commented on the Saudi-led coalition’s claims, so far. The Yemeni group keeps some of its operations a secret.
Last week, a total of 20 Houthi “booby-trapped” drones were intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition. Some of the drones were successfully shot down over Yemen before they could penetrate the Kingdom’s airspace.
The performance of the Saudi-led coalition’s air-defense and aerial forces improved in the last few years. Nevertheless, some of the recent Houthi drone attacks were successful.
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