On May 28, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had foiled an attempt by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) to launch an attack with booby-trapped boats.
In a statement, the coalition said that its forces destroyed two remotely-controlled water-borne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIED) off the shores of the town of al-Salif on Yemen’s western coast before the Houthis could launch the attack.
“The Houthi militia continues to threaten shipping and international trade routes,” the statement reads.
The Houthis have been targeting Saudi-led coalition warships with remotely-controlled WBIEDs for several years. In 2017, a detailed report by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) revealed that Iranian components were used in the making of these makeshift anti-shipping weapon.
A day earlier, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that it had intercepted two drones launched by the Houthis over the Kingdom’s southern region.
The Yemeni group later announced that it had attacked King Khalid Air Base in the southern Saudi province of ‘Asir with two Qasef-2K suicide drone. Despite the Saudi-led coalition’s claims, the group said that the attack was successful.
The Qasef-2K is a derivative of the Iranian Ababil-2 drone. The Yemeni-made drone has a range of 150 kilometers and is armed with a high-explosive fragmentation, HE-FRAG, warhead equipped with a proximity fuze.
The Houthis are, once again, stepping up their attacks on Saudi Arabia, which is still determined to continue it costly war on Yemen.
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