Thu, 05 Aug 2021

SANAA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi militia said they launched two bomb-laden drones toward the Saudi international airport of Abha at noon on Thursday.

"The armed drones hit military targets inside the airport," Houthi military spokesman Yehya Sarea said in a statement aired by the rebel-run al-Masirah TV.

Meanwhile, Saudi-owned Alarabiya TV reported that the Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed a bomb-laden drone that the Houthi militia launched toward the Saudi southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.

The Iran-backed Houthi group has intensified cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia since February when the group launched a large offensive against the Saudi-back Yemeni government army to capture the oil-rich province of Marib in central Yemen, which hosts nearly 2 million internally displaced persons.

The United Nations has warned that the offensive on Marib could lead to a major humanitarian catastrophe.

Last week, an Omani delegation visited Yemen's capital Sanaa as part of the international efforts to convince the Houthis to accept a recent UN-proposed cease-fire.

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