On August 8, the Yemeni Missiles Force [loyal to the Houthis] announced that it had launched a Badir-1 “ballistic missile” at the industrial city in the southern Saudi province of Jizan. The same industrial city was targeted by the Yemeni Missiles Force with rockets many times in the last three months.
The Badir-1, which was first revealed on March 22, is in fact a locally-made copy of the Iranian-made solid fuel artillery rocket, Fajir-3. The rocket has a high accuracy and a speed over 4,5 Mach, according to the Yemeni Missiles Force.
Minutes after the Yemeni Missiles Force announcement, the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV reported that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSAD) tracked and intercepted a “ballistic missile” of the Houthis over Jizan. However, local sources have not confirmed al-Arabiya claims so far.
According to the Saudi-led coalition, the Yemeni Missiles Forces launches its rockets and missiles from the northern Yemeni province of Saada, which is considered the heartland of the Houthis. Usually, the coalition responds to such attacks by carrying out airstrikes on the Houthis’ positions in the province.