On October 20, a ballistic missile, allegedly launched by the Houthis (Ansar Allah), targeted the northern outskirts of the central Yemeni city of Ma’irb that’s held by Saudi-backed forces.
The UAE-based al-Arabiya TV said that the missile struck a residential district located next to Sahn al-Jin camp. The military camp that hosts Saudi-backed forces was likely the main target of the attack.
According to Yemeni sources, at least 15 people were wounded in the missile attack. All of the casualties are allegedly civilians.
A few hours prior to the attack, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had intercepted a ballistic missile that was launched from Yemen by the Houthis. The missile was heading towards the southern Saudi city of Jizan.
The new missile attack on Ma’rib came amid intense battles in the province between the Houthis and Saudi-backed forces.
The Saudi-led coalition claims that 48 Houthi fighters were killed and six military vehicles of the group were destroyed in southern Ma’rib as a result of 14 airstrikes carried out by its warplanes between October 19 and 20.
Despite the coalition’s superior fire power, the Houthis continue to advance towards Ma’rib city and nearby oil fields as well as to launch missile attacks on Saudi targets inside and outside Yemen.