On November 10, the Saudi-led coalition announced that is air defenses had intercepted three ballistic missiles over Saudi Arabia’s southern region.
In a statement shared by the Saudi Press Agency, the coalition claimed that the missiles were launched from Yemen by the Houthis (Ansar Allah). The Yemeni group has not confirmed this yet.
“The Houthis’ attempts to randomly target civilians and civilian properties have been foiled … We are taking necessary measures to neutralize the special capabilities [of the Houthis] in accordance with the international humanitarian law,” the statement reads.
In the last few weeks, the Houthis were blamed for a number missile and drone attacks that targeted Saudi Arabia and its proxies in Yemen.
Late on November 7, a ballistic missile struck the central Yemeni city of Ma’rib which is held by Saudi-backed forces. No casualties were reported. The missile attack was attributed to the Houthis, who have been leading an offensive to capture the city and nearby oil fields for well over eight months now.
On November 9, a suicide drone allegedly launched by the Houthis struck a police center in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz. A police officer was wounded. Houthi fighters have been besieging the city from the north, east and west for several years now.
These repeated missile and drone attacks are clearly meant to distract, intimidate and deter the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies. While the Houthis are not taking credit for these strikes, they announce on a regular basis that they have carried out dozens of attacks inside and outside Yemen without providing any details.