Saudi air defenses intercept drone launched from Yemeni airspace
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched from the Yemeni airspace towards the kingdom, Arab News quoted state TV as showing.
The Arab coalition said: “It is taking operational measures to protect civilians and civilian objects from hostile attempts,” it said.
The cross-border attacks from Yemen targeting populated areas and vital oil installations have increased since the start of the year, sparking widespread condemnation.
On Sunday, the coalition had said that Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militia in Yemen towards the kingdom’s southern city of Najran.
Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, strongly condemned the latest attempt to target the kingdom, reiterating the organisation supports all measures taken by the kingdom to maintain its security, stability and the safety of citizens and residents.
The UAE and Bahrain also strongly denounced the attack and called on the international community to take a firm stand against the acts that target vital and civilian facilities and the security of the kingdom.
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said: “The continuation of these terrorist attacks is evidence of these militias’ efforts to undermine security and stability in the region,” and are a “blatant defiance of the international community, and its disregard for all international laws.”
Both countries also renewed their full solidarity with Saudi Arabia.
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