UPDATE 1-Saudi-led coalition says it intercepts Houthi drone fired at southern Saudi Arabia

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DUBAI, April 20 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen said on Tuesday it had destroyed an explosive drone fired towards Khamis Mushait in the south of Saudi Arabia.

A military spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi group then said they had fired a drone at and hit Abha International Airport, which is near Khamis Mushait.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the internationally-recognized government from the capital Sanaa in late 2014.

The Houthi group, which holds most of north Yemen, has kept up regular cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia and a ground offensive in Yemen's Marib region at a time the United States and the United Nations are pushing for a ceasefire agreement.

Riyadh and the Yemeni government have welcomed a truce but the Houthis want a sea and air blockade fully lifted.

The conflict, seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed the Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of famine. (Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Alison Williams and Angus MacSwan)

04/20/2021 10:11

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