On November 3, the Yemeni Missiles Forces, which is an ally of the Houthis, announced that it had launched a Badir-1P guided artillery rocket at a gathering of Saudi-led coalition troops on the western coast of Yemen.
“The rocket, which has an accuracy of 3meters and uses smart technology, hit its target accurately injuring and killing many [Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters],” the Yemeni al-Masirah TV quoted a source in the Yemeni Missiles Forces as saying.
The media wing of the Houthis released a video, taken by a mini drone. The video shows how the rocket hit a convoy of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies with high accuracy. Experts believe that the Badir-1P is a locally-made copy of the Iranian Fajir-5C guided artillery rocket.
Hours after the rocket attack, a Qasef-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Yemeni Air Force, which is also an ally of the Houthis, carried out a series of airstrikes on the King Khalid Air Base in the southwestern Saudi province of Asir.
“The aerial attack resulted in accurate hits in the Saudi air base, which hosts warplanes of the enemy,” a source in the Yemeni Air Force told al-Masirah.
The Qasef-1 is a copy of the Iranian-made “Ababil-2”, according to a report of the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) group. The Houthis used Qasef-1 as a suicide UAV when it was first introduced in 2017. However, the UAV was modified later to carry and drop small-diameter projectiles.
The Houthis didn’t release a video of the UAV attack. However, Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the Yemeni Air Force claims so far, which indicates that the attack was likely successful.
These new attacks were a clear response by the Houthis to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on the al-Daylami airbase near the Yemeni capital of Sanaa two days ago. Back then, the coalition falsely claimed that the airstrikes destroyed most of the UAV and missile capabilities of the Houthis.