Saudi-Led Coalition Reports Downing Houthi Drones Launched Toward Najran City

Saudi air defences have intercepted and destroyed several Houthi drones launched toward the border city of Najran, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition has reported

"These hostile and terrorist acts using drones represent a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and confirm the rejection of the ceasefire and de-escalation initiatives announced by the coalition and started on April 9, 2020," Col. Turki al-Maliki, coalition spokesman, was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency

Al-Maliki accused the Houthis of deliberately launching the drones at civilian targets, and repeated Riyadh's long-standing claim that the militia group was "Iran-backed

The Saudi-led coalition announced a 14-day halt in its operations in Yemen on April 8, but attacks resumed soon afterward following a Houthi rocket attack on Yemeni forces in the city of Marib