Yemen'sSaudi-Led coalition said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six explosive drones launched overnight by Houthi forces towards the kingdom.
Cross-border attacks by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the novel coronavirus expired. In late June, missiles reached theSaudicapital Riyadh.
The coalition, in a statement published by theSaudistate news agency SPA, did not say where the objects where intercepted, but said the drones had been launched from the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa towardsSaudiArabia.
The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted theSaudi-backed, internationally recognised government from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.
A statement by the official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Malki said: 'Joint Coalition forces this morning intercepted and destroyed (2) ballistic missiles launched by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia to deliberately target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom.
The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen:Joint Coalition Forces Intercept, Destroy (2) Ballistic Missiles, (6) Bomb-Laden UAVs Launched by the Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom Targeting Civilians and Civilian Objects#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/D27W0goYG1- SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) July 12, 2020
The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint Coalition Forces Intercept, Destroy (2) Ballistic Missiles Launched by Terrorist, Iran-Backed Houthi Militia Toward the Kingdom Targeting Civilians, Civilian Objects.https://t.co/QdAQRzI7OX#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/aJpmU5H4Zs- SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) July 12, 2020
"The terrorist Houthi militia is deliberately escalating hostilities as it targets civilians and civilian objects in Yemen and neighboring countries using ballistic missiles and UAV.
"The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to implement and undertake all necessary procedures to protect civilians and civilian objects, in addition to all operational procedures to put a stop to these terrorist acts and failed attempts in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law."
The United Nations recently launched virtual talks among the warring parties on a permanent ceasefire and confidence-building steps to restart peace negotiations.
But discussions have been complicated by the surge in violence since the ceasefire expired.