Coalition thwarts Houthi drone attack
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.