Early on April 23, the Houthis (as Ansar Allah is known) carried out a drone attack on targets in the southern Saudi provinces of Jizan and ‘Asir.
The Yemeni group targeted a facility of Saudi oil giant Aramco in an unspecified part of Jizan with a Samad-3 suicide drone. At the same time, the group targeted King Khalid Air Base in ‘Asir with two Qasef-2K drones.
Later in the morning, a third Qasef-2K drones was launched by the Houthis at a “military installation” in King Khalid Air Base as a part of a second, smaller attack.
The Samad-3 has a range of more than 1,500 km, while the range of the Qasef-2K is around 150 km only. Both drones are usually armed with high-explosive fragmentation, HE-FRAG, warheads.
“This targeting comes in response to the ongoing aggression and blockade of our dear country,” Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, said in a statement.
The Saudi-led coalition claimed that all three drones launched in the early morning were successfully intercepted. The coalition didn’t comment on the second attack on King Khalid Air Base.
The Houthis launched dozens of suicide drones at civilian and military targets in Saudi Arabia in the last few weeks. Many of the drones were intercepted by the Saudi-led coalition. Yet, a number of attacks were successful.
These attacks are meant to pressure Saudi Arabia to end its war on Yemen. The Kingdom is yet to step back and endorse a political solution, despite the high cost of the war.
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