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Saudi-led coalition foils attack by Iranian-made drone near Abha airport

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    http://www.arabnews.com/node/1310031/saudi-arabia
    JEDDAH: The Saudi-led Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen has foiled an attempted attack by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Abha, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

    Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that at 1:45 p.m., the air defense unit assigned to Abha International Airport detected an unidentified flying object heading toward the airport. “The unit dealt with the threat and destroyed it according to the rules of engagement,” he said.

    Al-Maliki clarified that inspections carried out by specialists in the coalition’s joint forces revealed that the wreckage belonged to the Houthi militias’ unmanned aerial vehicle with specifications of Iranian UAV “Ababil.” It was trying to attack the civilian airport, which is protected under international humanitarian law, he said.

    Al-Maliki said there was minimal damage caused by the UAV’s destruction. He said the joint forces command of the coalition targeted the unit responsible.

    He said the coalition will strike with an iron fist all those who are involved in terrorist activities that threaten the safety and security of Saudi nationals, residents, economy and key installations.

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    http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/535662/SAUDI-ARABIA/Drone-flying-towards-Abha-airport-destroyed

    RIYADH – The Saudi Air Defense Systems for protecting Abha International Airport detected an unidentified flying object at 13:45 hours Saturday. It was intercepted and destroyed in line with the engagement rules, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Malki as stating Saturday evening.

    On examining the fragments of the flying object, specialists in the Joint Coalition Forces concluded that it was a drone bearing Iranian hallmarks launched by Houthi militias.

    The “Qassif/Ababeel” drone was trying to target the civilian airport, Al-Malki said.

    The falling fragments caused slight damage without casualties.

    Col. Al-Malki said: “Close and continuous follow up by the Coalition’s Joint Forces Command led to targeting the terrorists responsible for assembling and rigging drones in a workshop. After leaving the workshop, they were followed, kept under close surveillance and eliminated in Yemen’s Saada city in Saada governorate.”

    Al-Malki stressed that the Coalition’s Joint Forces Command will strike with an iron fist whoever is involved in terrorist acts threatening the safety and security of citizens and expatriates as well as the Kingdom’s economic and vital capabilities. -- SG
     

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