On September 15, armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Yemeni Air Force [loyal to the Houthis] conducted a series of airstrikes on several positions of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemen proxies along the western coast of Yemen, according to the al-Masirah TV.
“The UAVs attack achieved accurate and direct hits on a headquarters of the occupiers [Saudi-led coalition] on the western coast [of Yemen],” a source in the Yemeni Air Force revealed to al-Masirah.
Experts believe that the attack was carried out by locally-made type of suicide UAVs named “Qasef-1”. The Qasef-1 is a copy of the Iranian-made “Ababil-2” UAV armed with 30kg warhead, according to a report of the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) group.
Few hours after the UAV attack, the Yemeni Missile Forces, which is also an ally of the Houthis, launched a Badir-1 artillery rocket at a refinery of the Saudi Aramco oil company in the southern Kingdom’s province of Jizan. A military source told al-Masirah that the rocket hit its target “accurately.”
However, few minutes later Colonel Turki al-Malaki, a spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, announced that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSAD) tracked and intercepted a “ballistic missile” of the Houthis, which was heading towards Jizan. According to Col. al-Malaki, the interception didn’t result in any casualties.
These attack are likely an attempt by the Houthis to deter the Saudi-led coalition, which is currently attacking the Yemeni city of al-Hudaydah. The coastal city is considered the last major supply route controlled by the Yemeni group.