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09 août 2019 | 13h18 UTC

Saudi Arabia: Houthi drone targeting Jizan intercepted August 8

Saudi Arabia Alerte de sécurité

Authorities claim to have intercepted Houthi drone targeting Jizan August 8; similar attacks possible over coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2019, 12h00 until 11/8/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Jizan

Event

On Thursday, August 8, Saudi authorities claimed they intercepted a Houthi drone launched from Amran province in Yemen towards the border city of Jizan. Authorities also declared that a second Houthi drone was launched from Yemen's Hajjah province on Wednesday, August 7, though landed in Yemeni territory.

Similar Houthi militant attacks targeting Saudi facilities are possible over the coming days.

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.

Reports estimate that Houthi militants have fired over 200 missiles at Saudi Arabia since 2015, when Saudi Arabia began backing the Yemeni government against Houthi separatists in the Yemeni Civil War. Southern Saudi Arabia is a frequent target of Houthi missile attacks, and Riyadh has also seen several missile attacks in the last several months; however, they rarely result in substantial damages or casualties.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. Seek shelter immediately in the event of a missile attack.

 

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