On October 3, Houthi fighters launched four “Zilzal-1” rockets at positions of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies in the Alb crossing on the border between the Saudi region of Asir and the northern Yemeni province of Saada, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV.
Experts said that the Zilzal-1 rocket is in fact a Soviet-made S-24 unguided air-to-ground rocket, which had been modified by the Houthis. The rocket has the range of 3km only and a heavy warhead, which makes it suitable for guerrilla warfare.
Prior to the rocket attack, the Houthis repelled three separate attacks of the Saudi-led coalition on their positions south of the Alb crossing. The Houthis’ media wing said that several Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters were killed and injured in the clashes.
The Saudi-led coalition has been attempting to secure the area south of the Alb crossing since the outbreak of the Yemeni war in 2015. However, the Houthis managed to maintain their advance on positions there thanks to their deep knowledge of the rough region.