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Saudi-led coalition says intercepted two Houthi armed drones

Saudi-led coalition says intercepted two Houthi armed drones
February 7, 2021

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday it had intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards southern Saudi Arabia.

A bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted early on Sunday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement on Saudi state media.

Coalition forces later intercepted another drone, also launched towards southern Saudi Arabia with the aim of targeting “civilians and civilian objects”, a second statement quoted Malki as saying.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis after the group ousted the Saudi-backed government from power in the capital Sanaa, in a conflict widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.