Abu Dhabi: Saudi-led Arab coalition forces Thursday intercepted and shot down a booby-trapped drone targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure in the city of Khamis Mushait, the spokesman for the Arab Coalition forces, Colonel Turki Al Maliki, said.
“The joint forces of the coalition also intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilians and civilian objects in the city of Khamis Mushait,” a statement from the Arab Coalition read.
Al Maliki said the terrorist Houthi militia continues to violate international humanitarian law, and the unsuccessful attempts to target civilians and civilian infrastructure, as well as its continuing threat to regional and international security and undermine political efforts to end the coup and reach a comprehensive political settlement in Yemen,” the statement added.
Saudi Arabia has faced repeated attacks in recent years from drones and missiles fired by the Houthi militia from the Kingdom’s southern border with Yemen.
Meanwhile, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed condemnation of Houthi militias’ systematic targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure in several cities in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Secretary General Dr Yousef Al Othaimeen stressed that targeting Saudi cities with ballistic missiles is a hostile, criminal attitude and a conspiratorial attempt to destabilise the country and the region.
He underlined that the OIC remains fully committed to supporting Saudi measures to preserve the country’s security and stability, solidarising with the Saudi leadership, government and people in their combat against obscurantist and terrorist forces.
Al Othaimeen stressed that the continued failed attempts to target civilians and civilian objects from the terrorist Houthi militia and those who supply it with money and weapons threaten regional and international security and impede reaching a comprehensive political solution in Yemen.