Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, announced on August 13th that the Iran-backed Houthi militias had launched a drone attack from Sanaa city directed at the Saudi Arabian province of Amran. The drone crashed not long after it took off, missing civilians and buildings by 35 km.
Al-Malki believes that this is an extension to Houthi terrorist operations against Saudi Arabian targets. “By adopting such terrorist operations and implementing them, Houthi militias, its terrorist leaders and planners are subjecting themselves to legal accountability under the international humanitarian law,” said Al-Malki.
The official spokesman denied Houthi claims that the drone attacked the airport of Abha in southwest Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border. “The militias continue to spread false propaganda, showing that their terrorist leaders have nothing else to do except lie,” Al-Malki said, adding that they do this to boost the emotional and spiritual status of their followers and to mislead Yemeni tribes to encourage them to join the Houthi militias to serve its leaders’ and Iran’s aims.
The leadership of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen continues to take strict measures to neutralise and destroy Houthi ballistic capabilities so as to protect Yemeni civilians and enhance the regional and international security, Al-Malki stressed.
The coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in Yemen in 2015 in an attempt to restore a Yemeni government ousted from power in Sanaa by the Houthis. The fighting has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the edge of starvation.
In the past week, violence has flared in the southern port city of Aden between government forces based there and southern separatists who had been fighting alongside them against the Houthis.
Recently, Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and most of its populous areas, have stepped up their attacks against Saudi targets. In response, the Saudi-led coalition has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.
Reuters has reported that the attacks are complicating UN-led peace efforts to end the crisis in Yemen.