21 October Thursday

Coalition destroys a barrage of missiles and drones in Houthi attacks targeting Saudi

Anas YassinUpdated: Saturday Apr 17, 2021

Manama : The Saudi-led coalition destroyed a barrage of ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones towards Saudi Arabia on Thursday for the second day running.

The missile-drone attacks targeted Jizan city, a red seaport city in south-western Saudi Arabia.

A total of five ballistic missiles and four booby-trapped drones fired by the Houthis on Wednesday night and Thursday morning were intercepted and destroyed, the coalition said in a statement. The interception and destruction resulted in the fall and scattering of shrapnel on Jazan University’s campus, which caused a fire that has been contained, the statement said. It did not result in injuries or deaths, the statement added.

The coalition spokesman Turki Al-Malki said in a statement that Jizan University was one of the targets as well as other civilian facilities. The attacks originated from Sa’dah governorate in Yemen and amount to war crimes, he said to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The coalition said the attack is a continuation of the Houthis’ systematic and intentional hostile attempts to target civilians.

This strike is the latest Houthi attack against Saudi, following sporadic attempted attacks on various locations in the country in recent weeks.

The Houthis have stepped up the cross-border drone and missile attacks on Saudi cities recently, mostly targeting the southern part of the country, which borders Yemen.

Earlier on Thursday, the militia has claimed they used drones and missiles to attack oil installation and military targets in Jazan causing a fire.

A Houthi spokesman claimed that 11 missiles and drones had targeted facilities belonging to the Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco.

There was no confirmation by Saudi of a fire or its Patriot anti-missile structure getting hit.

On Monday, the Houthis said 15 drones and two missiles had targeted sites in Saudi Arabia, including Aramco refineries.

The Houthis have carried out similar attacks in the past.

The Saudi government said the Houthi attacks are not only against the country and its economic facilities, but rather the centre of the global economy, the security of its exports and its oil supplies. 

The coalition has been fighting the Iran-aligned militia in Yemen since 2015.