Riyadh: The Saudi Royal Air Defence detected and destroyed an unidentified object headed towards civilian targets in the Asir region on Sunday, the Arab Coalition’s spokesman revealed. The Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported Colonel Turki Al Malki as saying that at 20:50 local time on Sunday, “the Saudi Royal Air Defence Systems detected an unidentified object headed towards civilian properties in Asir region and dealt with the target according to rules of engagement and destruction.”

Al Malki said no injuries or damage were reported as a result of the interception of Al Houthi drone.

He noted the Iran-backed terrorist Al Houthi militia continues to target civilians and civilian infrastructure through the use of UAVs and remote-controlled explosives, among other techniques. These attacks, Al Malki noted, predominantly emanate from the Hodeida Governorate, especially during the period in which the coalition is adhering to the ceasefire as stipulated in the Stockholm Agreement.

These hostile and terrorist acts “seek to provoke Coalition forces into conducting military operations in Hodeidah,” he added.

Al Malki reaffirmed the coalition’s commitment to supporting the political efforts spearheaded by the UN special envoy for Yemen, and the chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee to successfully implement the Stockholm Agreement.

He said the coalition has warned Al Houthis in the strongest terms to desist from targeting civilians and civilian objects, and that their use of such terrorist tactics will be categorically and decisively deterred by taking all necessary measures following customary international humanitarian law.