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Houthis Target Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid Air Base With ‘New Ballistic Missile’

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Houthis Target Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid Air Base With ‘New Ballistic Missile’

Illustrative image, By the Houthis media wing

The Houthis announced on February 11 that they had launched a ballistic missile at King Khalid Air Base in southern Saudi Arabia.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, claimed that the ballistic missile landed inside the air base, which is located near the city of Khamis Mushait in southern ‘Asir.

According to the spokesman, a “new ballistic missile,” which was not deployed before, was used in the attack.

“The attack on King Khalid Air Base comes in response to the continuous aerial and military escalation by aggression forces and the ongoing siege on our country,” the spokesman said in a statement.

From its side, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that its air-defense forces had intercepted the Houthis’ ballistic missile. This is yet to be confirmed by independent sources.

In a statement, the coalition said that the Houthis launched the ballistic missile from the northern Yemeni province of Saada to target “civilians and civilian objects” in Khamis Mushait.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to undertake all necessary procedures to neutralize and destroy the Advanced Conventional Weapons capabilities of the terrorist militia, and hold the terrorist elements responsible for planning and executing such acts of terror to account in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” the statement reads.

A day earlier, the Houthis launched four suicide drones at Abha International Airport in ‘Asir. The coalition air-defense means intercepted two. However, the remaining two hit the airport. At least one airliner was damaged.

The recent military escalation between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis will likely hinder peace efforts in Yemen. Despite some US pressure, the kingdom is yet to take any steps to de-escalate.

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