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Saudi-led coalition thwarts attack from Yemen

An armoured vehicle is seen as government forces clash with Houthis and pro- Saleh during an operation in Taiz province, Yemen on April 6, 2017 (Abdulnasser Alseddik - Anadolu Agency )
An armoured vehicle is seen as government forces clash with Houthis during an operation in Yemen on 6 April 2017 [Abdulnasser Alseddik/Anadolu Agency]

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said Saturday it had intercepted a drone fired by the Houthis towards the Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, Anadolu Agency reports.

"Coalition forces managed to intercept and destroy an unmanned explosive-laden drone launched by the Houthis that targeted Abha International airport," the coalition said in a statement cited by the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya channel.

The Houthi attacks were a "systematic and deliberate attempt to target civilians" in Saudi Arabia, the statement said.

There was no comment from the Houthi group on the coalition's statement.

Yemen has been wrecked by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthis captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reinstating the Yemeni government has worsened the situation, causing one of the world's worst man-made humanitarian crisis with nearly 80 per cent or about 30 million of its people needing humanitarian assistance and protection and more than 13 million in danger of starving to death.

READ: At least 400,000 Yemen children under 5 could die of starvation this year

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