The Yemeni Missiles Force [loyal to the Houthis] announced on August 30 that it had launched a Badir-1 “ballistic missile” at a newly-established camp of the Saudi military in the southern Saudi province of Najran. Last week, a similar camp in the same province was targeted by the Yemeni Missiles Force.
The Badir-1, which was first revealed on March 22, is in fact a locally-made copy of the Iranian-made solid fuel artillery rocket, Fajir-3. The rocket has a high accuracy and a speed over 4,5 Mach, according to the Yemeni Missiles Force.
Minutes after the Yemeni Missiles Force announcement, a spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, Colonel Turki al-Malaki, said that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSAD) tracked and intercepted a “ballistic missile” of the Houthis, which was heading towards Najran. Col al-Malaki added that debris from the interception injured seven civilians, including foreigners.
“The missile was heading towards the city of Najran and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas. The Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RAF) managed to intercept and destroy the missile,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Col. al-Malaki as saying.
According to the Saudi-led coalition, the Houthis have launched 184 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia since the outbreak of the Yemeni war. Even after three years, the coalition remains unable to neutralize this threat.