Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says it intercepted three Houthi drones

In this file photo taken September 17, 2019, Yemeni Shiite Huthi police forces sit in the back of a military vehicle in the capital Sanaa during a protest against the Saudi intervention in their country. — AFP pic
In this file photo taken September 17, 2019, Yemeni Shiite Huthi police forces sit in the back of a military vehicle in the capital Sanaa during a protest against the Saudi intervention in their country. — AFP pic

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DUBAI, Jan 15 — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen said today it had intercepted and destroyed three explosive-laden drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards Saudi Arabia, state media reported.

The coalition said the drones were launched from Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, state news agency SPA said, citing the coalition.

Houthi-run Al Masirah TV said the coalition had conducted air strikes overnight on the Yemeni capital Sanaa. The strikes were also seen by a Reuters witness.

There was no immediate confirmation of the report from the Saudi-led coalition.

The incidents come days after the outgoing US administration said it would designate the Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, a move the United Nations warned could undermine peace talks and make it harder to feed Yemenis enduring the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. — Reuters

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