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A Saudi-led coalition, fighting Al Houthis, Saturday evening intercepted and destroyed an explosives-loaded drone launched by the Iran-aligned rebels in southern Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Saudi civil defence

Cairo: One civilian was injured and five houses damaged in southern Saudi Arabia by shrapnel of an intercepted drone fired by Yemen’s Al Houthi militia, the Saudi civil defence has said.

The shrapnel also damaged three cars in the Saudi governorate of Sarat Abidah, part of the region of Assir, spokesman for the local civil defence service Captain Mohammed bin Abdou said.

A Saudi-led coalition, fighting Al Houthis, Saturday evening intercepted and destroyed an explosives-loaded drone launched by the Iran-aligned rebels targeting civilians and civil facilities in Saudi Arabia’s southern region, spokesman for the alliance Col. Turki Al Maliki, said without giving details.

Saudi Arabia has announced intercepting a string of explosive drones and missiles launched by Al Houthis targeting its facilities in recent months.

Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a civil war in late 2014 when they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran parts of the country including the capital Sana’a.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the UAE initiated a military campaign in Yemen against the Al Houthis in response to a request from the government there.