On July 14, the Yemeni Missiles Forces [loyal to the Houthis] announced that it had launched a new short range “ballistic missile” at military camp of the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) in the southern Saudi province of Najran.
A source in the Yemeni Missiles Forces told the Yemeni al-Masirah TV that the new missile hit its target with “high accuracy.” The mysterious new missile was first tested by the Houthis on June 30. Back then, al-Masirah said that the missile was made with “pure Yemeni experiences.”
Later, 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 over Najran. According to Col. al-Malaki, the missile was launched from the northern Yemeni province of Saada.
“The missile was launched deliberately to target densely populated areas. The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces managed to intercept and destroy it, resulting in the fall of fragments throughout some residential areas and no damage was caused,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Col. al-Malaki as saying.
The Saudi-led coalition will likely respond to this new missile attack with a series of heavy airstrikes on the Houthis’ positions in Saada, as it did many times before.