Yemen’s Houthi movement said that the December 19 missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh marked the beginning of a new chapter in its conflict with Saudi Arabia.
In a statement delivered via Houthi-run Al-Masirah television channel, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdussalam said that the Houthis fired a Burkan-2 ballistic missile at the Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. Abdussalam added that Saudi royal palaces as well as oil and gas production and military facilities are within the range of Houthi missiles.
The Burkan-2 ballistic missile has an estimated range of 800 km. The Al-Yamama Palace is the official residence and office of Saudi King Salman. The palace is located in the western suburbs of Riyadh.
The situation in Yemen has recently escalated as the Saudi-led coalition and Saudi-backed forces are now pushing towards the strategic Yemen port city of Hudaydah from the southern direction. If Saudi-led forces are able to capture the city, they will be able to tighten the blockade on the Houthi-held area of Yemen.