This file photo shows the remains of an Iranian Qasef-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, used as a one-way attack to dive on targets and then detonating its warhead, which was fired by Yemen into Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: AP

Cairo: The Arab Saudi-led alliance said that four drones and a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Al Houthis towards Saudi Arabia have been intercepted and destroyed in the past 24 hours, the latest such attacks by the Iran-allied rebels.

The drones were launched in the direction of the southern region of the kingdom, the alliance command said.

The Saudi air defences destroyed the ballistic missile that had targeted Jazan in south-western Saudi Arabia, the coalition said. No casualties or damage was reported.

“The aggressive Al Houthi militia continues to target civilians and civilian facilities,” the alliance added.

In recent months, Al Houthis have stepped up their cross-the-border attacks against the Saudi territory despite international efforts to end a war of more than six years in Yemen.

The rebels plunged Yemen into a devastating war in late 2014 when they unseated the internationally recognised government and seized parts of the country, including Sana’a.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia spearheaded a military campaign against Al Houthis in response to a request from the Yemeni government.