Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia have been sustained in the days following a strike on a flyadeal jet, which was hit while on the ground at Abha International Airport.
Last week, a drone operated by Houthi rebels managed to punch a hole in the Airbus A320 aircraft, causing the plane to catch fire, according to Saudi state TV.
Since then, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported several more attacks by explosive-laden UAVs. The Kingdom has blamed the attacks on Houthi militia.
“Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this afternoon two bomb-laden UAVs launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the city of Khamis Mushait,” Brig. Gen. Al-Malki said in a statement carried by SPA on Sunday.
Then, Col. Turki Al Maliki, a spokesman for Joint Arab Coalition Forces, said: “Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this morning (Monday) a bomb-laden UAV launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects.”
On Friday, Saudi Arabia called on support from the UN Security Council to stop threats from Houthi militias and to condemn acts of terrorism.
Referring to the attack on the flyadeal jet at Abha Airport, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi’s UN representative, wrote in a letter to the Security Council: “Such an act of terrorism that targets civilian infrastructure and threatens innocent civilian travellers is a heinous war crime.”