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25 Oct 2020 | 06:38 PM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Saudi-led coalition intercepts second Houthi explosive-laden UAV near Yemeni border October 25 /update 1

Saudi-led coalition intercepts second Houthi explosive-laden UAV near Yemeni border on October 25; further attempted UAV attacks likely

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Event

Saudi-led coalition forces reportedly destroyed a second explosive-laden unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on the country's border with Yemen during the evening of Sunday, October 25. The UAV is believed to have been launched by Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Saudi-led forces had intercepted another explosive-laden UAV during the early hours of Sunday after the Houthis claimed that it had struck Abha International Airport (AHB). Saudi authorities did not offer comment on these claims and stated instead that the UAV was targeting civilian areas and made no comment on any damages.

Further cross-border attacks are possible in areas close to the border with Yemen over the near term.

Context

Yemen-based Houthi rebels have launched hundreds of rockets, missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into Saudi Arabia since 2015 when Saudi-led coalition forces intervened in the country's civil war in support of the Yemeni government. Towns and cities in the southwestern border provinces of Jizan, Asir, and Najran have frequently been targeted in such attacks, but longer-range ballistic missiles have also been launched towards Riyadh, Jeddah, and other major cities in the country. Many of these missiles, rockets, and UAVs have been intercepted by Saudi air defenses, but hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in such attacks since the beginning of the conflict.

Advice

Those in southwestern Saudi Arabia are advised to monitor developments and heed any directives issued by local authorities. Travelers should familiarise themselves with missile attack procedures in their particular area of operations and the location of the nearest air raid shelters.

In the event of a missile attack, those in the affected area are advised to seek shelter and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities

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