On November 18, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had targeted key positions of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) and their backers in different parts of Yemen.
“We conducted a large-scale operation against legitimate military targets in response to the threat posed by [the Houthis’] ballistic missiles and drone,” the coalition said in a statement shared by the Saudi Press Agency.
The coalition’s airstrikes covered the central province of Dhamar, the northern provinces of al-Jawf and Saada as well as the capital, Sanaa.
The targets of the airstrikes included missiles and drones’ workshops, weapons depots and communication systems of the Houthis as well as alleged “secret facilities” of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
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The operation was a response to a drone attack that targeted Abha International Airport in the southern Saudi province of ‘Asir in the early hours of November 18. The coalition claimed that the attack was foiled. A suicide drone, that was allegedly launched from Yemen by the Houthis, was shot down.
The pro-Houthis al-Masirah TV didn’t report any casualties as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes on Sanaa and the other areas.
The Saudi-led coalition’s operation was yet another attempt to deter and intimidate the Houthis. The group will likely strike back soon.