On July 29, warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on several ballistic missiles sites of the Houthis in the northern province of Saada, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV.
“We will not allow Houthi militias to possess military capabilities that threaten regional security,” the Saudi-led coalition said in an official statement.
According to the Saudi-led coalition, the Yemeni Missile Force [loyal to the Houthis] launches most of its missiles from Saada, which is well-known as the homeland of the Houthis.
Hours after the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, the Yemeni Missile Force announced that it had launched a short range “ballistic missile” at a gathering of coalition forces in the province of al-Bayda. The “missile” strike appears to be a response to the airstrikes on Saada.
The Yemeni Missile Forces didn’t reveal the type of the “missile,” which was launched. However, experts believe that it was the locally-made Badir-1 solid fuel artillery rocket, which is a copy of the Iranian Fajir-3 rocket.
Recently, the Saudi-led coalition stepped up its aerial activity over Saada in an attempt to detect and destroy the missile capabilities of the Houthis. However, this strategy has failed so far.