Qasef-1 suicide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Houthis have struck an oil facility of the Aramco company as well as the Abha Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni al-Masirah TV said on April 11.
The TV channel provided no details of the attacks. However, it’s known that the Qasef-1 is a local made copy of the Iranian the Ababil-1/the Ababil-2 UAV, which can be used as a loitering munition. The Qasef-1 has the length of 250 cm and the wingspan of 300 cm. Its alleged range is 150km and the weight of the warhead is 30 kg.
Saudi Arabia hasn’t commented on the claims yet.
On April 8, April 9 and April 10, the Houthis also conducted attacks on targets inside Saudi Arabia. However, those times they used missiles. The increase of the number of Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia is another signal showing the developing escalation in the region. If a big war in the Middle East starts, the Houthis will be on the side of Iran and its allies, while Saudi Arabia will be in the US-Israeli camp.