On Thursday evening, the Arab coalition announced the interception and destruction of a ballistic missile and four drones launched by the Houthis towards Saudi Arabia.

This came in a statement issued by the Arab Coalition, published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The statement stated that “a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militia was intercepted and destroyed to target civilians and civilian objects in Jizan, southwest of the Kingdom.”

He added, “A total of 4 booby-trapped drones launched by the terrorist Houthi militia towards Jazan were also intercepted and destroyed.”

The coalition affirmed that it “takes operational measures to protect civilians and civilian objects in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis, until 21:50 (GMT).

The Houthis used to launch ballistic missiles and drones at Saudi regions, in exchange for repeated announcements by the Arab coalition, led by the Kingdom in Yemen, to thwart these attacks, while some of them left civilian casualties.

Yemen has been witnessing a war for nearly 7 years, which has killed more than 233,000 people, and 80 percent of the population, numbering about 30 million, has become dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

The conflict has had regional spillovers, since March 2015, as a coalition led by neighboring Saudi Arabia has been carrying out military operations in support of the government forces, in the face of the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.

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