In a joint attack in the late hours of July 4, the Yemeni Air Force and Missile Force, both allies of the Houthis, targeted a military camp and an air-defense system of the Saudi-led coalition as well as two airports in Saudi Arabia’s southern region.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, said that a Saudi Patriot air-defense system deployed in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib was targeted with several Qasef-2K suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). At the same time, a nearby military camp of the coalition was targeted with a Badir-1P precision-guided artillery rocket.
“Our sources confirmed that several commanders of the enemy were killed, while many others were injured,” the spokesman said.
Few minutes after the joint attack in Ma’rib, several Qasef-2K UAVs targeted the southern Saudi airports of Jizan and Abha.
“The military operations of our UAV force will continue to target Saudi airports, which are being used for military purposes … In order to ensure the safety of all civilians of different nationalities, they must stay away from the target areas,” said Brig. Gen. Sari.
Saudi sources told the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV that the Houthis’ attack put Jizan airport out of service. However, the situation in Abha airport is still unclear.
The Badir-1P is derived from the Iranian-made Fajir-5C precision-guided artillery rocket, while the Qasef-2k UAV is a copy of Iran’s Ababil-2.
This new joint attacks reflect the Houthis’ ever growing offensive capabilities, which have exceeded the capabilities of many well-funded armies.
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