Arab Coalition destroys Houthi drone operation sites in Sana'a


RIYADH, 20th January, 2019 (WAM) -- The Joint Forces Command of the Arab Coalition conducted on Saturday night an advanced operation which targeted and destroyed seven military support facilities with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, capabilities belonging to the Iranian-backed Houthi militias across Sana’a, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

In a statement released this morning, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, said that the operation followed "precise intelligence conducted over a long period of time", which included monitoring and surveilling Houthi militia activities and their movements in order to learn about the system's components, its infrastructure and operational and logistical connection, as well as its communication system and the whereabouts of foreign experts.

He indicated that the destroyed targets include UAV storage facilities, workshops used for manufacturing and storage of spare parts, and others for installation and bomb-equipping, as well as locations utilised for testing and launch-pad preparation, and terrorist-activity training facilities.

Al-Malki affirmed that the targeting operation adheres to the Customary International Humanitarian Law, and that the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition have undertaken all preventative action and necessary measures to protect civilians and avoid collateral damage.

He concluded his statement by reaffirming the Coalition's commitment to follow the International Humanitarian Law in all its military operations, as well as its commitment to preventing terrorist Houthi militias and other terrorist organisations from using and accessing such advanced capabilities that pose a threat to regional and international security.

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