Another Houthi Drone Launched at Saudi Arabia

The coalition of Arab and Muslim states battling the Iran-backed Houthi movement for control of Yemen said it had intercepted another explosives-laden drone launched at neighboring Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

While the Saudi-led coalition said the attack, aimed at a military air base near the city of Khamis Mushait, was thwarted, a spokesman for the Shiite group in control of most of Yemen insisted the strike was successful.

Recent months have seen dozens of similar drone attacks, some managing to reach oil facilities and civilian centers, including Riyadh itself. The coalition intervened in 2015 following the Houthi rebels’ successful overthrow of Yemen President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

In February, US President Joe Biden removed the organization’s terrorist designation, placed by his predecessor during his final week in office.

The White House also ended the US’s military assistance to the coalition, but has insisted it will protect Saudi Arabia from Houthi aggression and has imposed sanctions on some of the group’s officials.

The northern Marib region, the final stronghold of Hadi’s government, is now the center of repeated terror attacks, with at least 14 people dying Saturday in a missile strike on a petrol station.

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