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Saudi forces shoot down two drones of Yemen rebels

Saudi air defence forces shoot down two drones launched by Houthi rebels from neighbouring Yemen, state media reported.

The drones targeted Khamis Mushait in the kingdom’s south and caused no damage or casualties, the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said in a brief statement released early on Tuesday by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Iran-aligned rebels are controlling large parts of the country including the capital Sanaa. They said earlier via their news outlet Almasirah that they had targeted the King Khalid airbase near Khamis Mushait.

The attacks come as SPA reported the coalition was intensifying air raids on Houthi positions in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

The rebels have stepped up drone and missile attacks on the kingdom amid tensions between Shia power Iran and the United States, Saudi Arabia’s main ally.

Last month, the Saudi air force shot down a bomb-laden drone deployed by Houthi rebels that targeted Jizan airport, close to the southern border with Yemen, the coalition said.

The airport is used by thousands of civilians every day, but the coalition reported no casualties and warned the rebels of a strong response.