Coali­tion thwarts Houthi drone at­tack

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RIYADH, Sept 10, (KUNA): The Saudi-led Coali­tion in Ye­men on Mon­day said it in­ter­cepted and shot down a hos­tile drone above Ye­men’s Saada province, fired by Iran-backed Houthi mil­i­tants to­wards Saudi Ara­bia.

“Coali­tion forces take into con­sid­er­a­tion all nec­es­sary op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures and are com­mit­ted to the rules of en­gage­ment when deal­ing with these air­craft so as to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of civil­ians from these acts of hos­til­ity and ter­ror,” spokesman Col Turki AlMalki said in a state­ment.

“These at­tempts rep­re­sent a bla­tant and fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law and norms and will be met with fail­ure,” he added.

“These re­peated ter­ror­ist at­tempts re­flect a sense of de­spair on the part of ter­ror­ist mili­tia and the re­al­ity of their losses in rank and am­mu­ni­tion and con­firm the crim­i­nal­ity of Iran’s prox­ies in the re­gion and its threat to re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity,” he went on to say.

The se­nior of­fi­cer un­der­lined the Coali­tion’s re­solve to main­tain its on­go­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of de­ter­rent mea­sures against the Houthis, namely to neu­tral­ize and de­stroy their ca­pa­bil­i­ties in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law and norms.

The United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Tues­day that the peo­ple of Ye­men are liv­ing through a ter­ri­ble hu­man­i­tar­ian crisis.

“Ev­ery imag­in­able source of hu­man mis­ery and suf­fer­ing is tied up in this sin­gle con­flict, war, dis­ease, famine, eco­nomic col­lapse, in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, wide­spread hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and prob­a­ble war crimes,” she added in her state­ment dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tive di­a­logue on the High Com­mis­sioner’s re­port on Ye­men.

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