On October 25, the Houthis, Ansar Allah, carried out two separate attacks with drones on an airport and an air base in southern Saudi Arabia.
The first attack targeted King Khaled Air Base in the province of ‘Asir. Two Qasef-2K suicide drones targeted warplanes shelters in the air base.
The Qasef-2k is a locally-made version of the Iranian Ababil-2. The suicide drone is armed with a heavy high-explosive fragmentation, HE-FRAG, warhead that explodes 20 meters above the target.
The second attack targeted the military section of Abha International Airport, which is also located in ‘Asir. A Samad-3 suicide drone struck a “sensitive target” there.
The Samad-3 drone, which has a range of more than 1,500 km, was revealed last year. This type is usually used against targets deep inside Saudi Arabia.
Per usual, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthi said the attacks were a “response to the aggressor [the Saudi-led coalition] aerial escalation and its continues siege.”
From its side, the Saudi-led coalition announced that its unit had intercepted and destroyed two suicide drones, which were launched by the Houthis. The coalition didn’t provide any additional details.
A day earlier, the Houthis targeted the airports of Jizan and Abha as well as King Khalid Air Base with suicide drones. At least one Saudi civilian was injured in the attack. Five houses and three vehicles were also damaged.
The Houthis are likely planning to escalate their attacks on Saudi Arabia, if the coalition continue its intense bombing campaign on Yemen.
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