The Saudi-led coalition announced on October 28 that it had intercepted and destroyed three missiles and six drones which were launched by the Houthis, Ansar Allah.
Col. Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said the missiles were launched at targets in the southern Saudi cities of Jizan, Najran and Khamis Mushait. The coalition’s spokesman didn’t provide any details on the targets of the drones.
“The terrorist Houthi militia, and those who stand behind it, are continuing their crimes through attempts to target civilians and civilian objects,” Col. al-Malki said in a statement, “The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will undertake all necessary operational precautions to protect civilians and civilian objects, and hold the ones responsible for plotting and executing these hostile, terrorist attacks against civilians and civilian objects to account in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law.”
The Saudi-led coalition uses MIM-104 Patriot PAC3 systems to intercept missiles and rockets launched by the Houthis. Drones, however, are usually shot down by warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force with AIM-120 AMRAAM or with other air-to-air missiles.
In the last few days, the Houthis carried out a series of attacks on the international airports of Abha and Jizan as well as King Khalid Air Base.
The Houthis said their attacks were a respond to the Saudi-led coalition ongoing bombing campaign and its siege on Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition has improved its tactics against the Houthis drones and missiles. However, the Yemeni group insists that all of its recent attacks on Saudi Arabia were successful.
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