The Saudi military announced on June 13 that its air-defense forces had intercepted a “ballistic missile” over the Kingdom’s southern province of Najran.
Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition, said that the missile was launched by the Houthis from the northern Yemeni province of Saada, a stronghold of the group.
“The militias [Houthis] have deliberately attempted to target civilian infrastructure and civilians in Najran, as a result, some civilians were lightly wounded by shrapnel from the missile,” the spokesman said, stressing that the missile was “intercepted and destroyed.”
The spokesman also claimed that the Houthis recently made several attempts to target Saudi Arabia’s southern region. A number of drones allegedly targeted Najran and the city of Khamis Mushait on May 27 and June 1.
The Houthis have not commented to the Saudi-led coalition’s claims,. The Yemen group does not announce 100% of its attacks.
In the last few months, the Houthis decreased their missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia. The step was meant to facilitate a ceasefire in Yemen. However, the continued airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition may have pushed the group to step up these attacks once again.