The Saudi-led coalition announced on August 28 that its forces had shot down a suicide drone launched by the Houthis.
In an official statement, Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition, said the Houthi drone had taken off from Yemen and was heading towards civilian areas in the southern region of Saudi Arabia.
“The coalition’s Joint Forces were able – praise be to God – this morning [Friday] to intercept and destroy a [booby-trapped] drone that was launched by the terrorist Houthi militia towards the southern region in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilian objects and civilians,” the statement reads.
Houthi drones are usually intercepted by F-15 warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force armed with AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X air-to-air missiles. Most interceptions take place within Yemen’s airspace.
This was the second incident in the last 24 hours. Late on August 27, Saudi-led coalition forces intercepted a “ballistic missile” that was launched by the Houthi at the Kingdom’s southern city of Najran.
The Houthis have not commented on the coalition’s recent claims yet. The Yemeni group only announced successful operations.