On June 19, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had shot down seven drones which were launched from Yemen by the Houthis (Ansar Allah).
In a statement, Col. Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said that the drones were all intercepted in Yemen’s airspace. The spokesman claimed that the drones were on their way to attack civilian targets.
“The deliberate and systematic hostile [attack] attempts by the Houthis constitute war crimes,” the spokesman said. “We are taking operational measures to protect civilians and civilian objects from hostile attacks.”
The drones were most likely intercepted by warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force. Usually, F-15 fighter jets armed with AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles are tasked with such critical missions.
The Houthis are yet to comment on the coalition’s claims. In the early morning, the group said that it had targeted King Khalid Air Base in the southern Saudi province of ‘Asir.
However, the attack on King Khalid Air Base was carried out with a single Qasef-2K drone, according to the Houthis. The suicide drone is a copy of the Iranian Ababil-2. It has a range of around 150 km and is armed with a high-explosive fragmentation, HE-FRAG, warhead equipped with a proximity fuze.
With the beginning of 2021, the Houthis stepped up their missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition foiled some of the attacks. However, many were successful and resulted in losses.
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