RIYADH, The Saudi air defense system successfully downed in the southern cities of Abha and Jazan in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia respectively two hostile drones launched by the Houthi militias from the Yemeni territories.Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the spokesman for the Coalition Forces in Support of Legitimacy in Yemen, said In a statement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency, Al-Turki explained that "the air defense system has detected at 07:40 am an unidentified body flying towards Abha International Airport and destroyed it in line with the rules of engagement. Immediately, the air navigation was closed in accordance with the global aviation laws. Then, the air navigation traffic was reopened from and to the airport".

Colonel Al-Malki disclosed that specialists of the joint coalition forces examined the fragments of the body and found that it was a hostile Houthi drone with Iranian features and specifications that were trying to target the airport.

On the other hand, Colonel Al-Malki stated that an unidentified body towards a civilian landmark in Jazan was monitored and destroyed by air defense with no losses.

Immediate tests conducted by specialists of the Arab coalition revealed that the fragments of the body were identical to those of the hostile drone that was downed at Abha International Airport.

In this regard, the Command of the Joint Forces of Coalition warns, in the strongest terms, the Houthi armed militia supported by Iran against targeting civilian objects and people, and against using suicide terrorist attack tactics, affirming that such attempts will be dealt with deterrent counterattack. "The Joint Command will take all deterrent actions in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and other customary rules," he said.

The Command also warned the terrorist Houthi militia against using their military capabilities against civilian objects and people as well as critical industrial facilities, calling upon the leaders and planners of the terrorist militia and those who stand behind them to reconsider their use or be bear the consequences accordingly.

Source: Emirates News Agency