CAIRO, October 25. / TASS /. Air defense crews of the Arabian coalition led by Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed on Sunday a drone with explosives launched by rebels from the Yemeni movement Ansar Allah (Houthis). This, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency, said the spokesman for the alliance command, Colonel Turki al-Maliki.
According to him, the mined UAV was shot down over the territory of Yemen. The target of the attack was civilian objects and civilians in the kingdom, the spokesman for the alliance said.
On Saturday, the coalition reported an intercepted rebel drone targeting southern Saudi Arabia. Later, the Houthi Armed Forces spokesman and Brigadier General Yahya Saria said that their air forces attacked the airfields of the Saudi cities of Jizan and Abha with unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as an air base in the village of Khamis Mushait, bordering Yemen, in Asir province. He also argued that "the hits were accurate" and "the attacks were a response to the crimes of the aggressor and the blockade of Yemen."
In Yemen, since August 2014, the confrontation between government forces and the Houthis has continued. It entered its most active phase with the invasion of the country in March 2015 by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The conflict, which has lasted for more than five years, has created the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. According to the UN, over 24 million Yemenis – roughly 80% of the country's population – are in need of humanitarian assistance, and the number of internal refugees exceeds 3 million.