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27 Aug 2019 | 08:28 PM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Saudi-led coalition claims downing of Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait August 27

Saudi Arabia News Alert

Saudi-led coalition claims downing of Houthi drone launched toward Khamis Mushait August 27; Houthi drone attacks remain possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Khamis Mushait

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Event

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen reportedly downed a Houthi drone launched towards Khamis Mushait on Tuesday, August 27, two days after a similar incident. A spokesman for the coalition claimed that two other drones were intercepted and destroyed; no information as to their intended targets was provided. There has been no official statement from the Houthi rebels on the reported incident as of Tuesday evening. 

Similar Houthi attacks targeting Saudi infrastructure and facilities are possible over the coming weeks.

Context

Houthi rebels have claimed several missile attacks targeting Saudi facilities and infrastructure since late May 2019. The group has targeted airports in Abha, Jizan, and Najran. A Houthi-claimed missile attack wounded 26 people at the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport (AHB) on June 12. Material damage was also reported.

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Individuals in Khamis Mushait and Abha are advised to monitor developments, confirm flight reservations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Seek shelter immediately in the event of a missile or drone attack.

 

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