On April 18, the Yemeni Missiles Forces [loyal to the Houthis] announced that it had shelled the regional airport of the Saudi southern province of Jizan with a Badir-1 artillery rocket.
The Badir-1, which was first revealed on March 22, is a locally-made copy of the Iranian-made solid fuel artillery rocket, Fajir-3. The Yemeni Missiles Forces claim that Badir-1 is very accurate and its speed is up to 4,5 Mach.
The Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the Yemeni Missiles Forces’ attack on the Jizan province airport yet. According to observers, this could mean that the Yemeni rocket hit its target successfully.
A day earlier, the Yemeni Missiles Forces targeted a power station in the province of Najran, west of Jizan province, with a similar rocket. However, the missile was intercepted by the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF), according to Saudi sources.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, revealed during a press conference on April 17 that the Houthis had targeted Saudi Arabia with 119 “ballistic missile” so far. This increase in rocket and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia hints that the Houthis are now receiving much larger support from Iran than in the early years of the war.