Iran-backed Yemeni insurgency movement Ansar Allah (Ansar Allah’s Assistants, Hussites) announced today, September 10, that it has defeated an “important target” with a ballistic missile in Saudi Arabia’s capital. In addition to the rocket attack, Riyadh was also attacked by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Al-Jazeera TV channel reports.
Ansar Alla’s military spokesman Yahya Sari said the “forces of resistance to Saudi aggression” used a ballistic missile and three Samad-3 drones in an attack on Riyadh.
There is no official confirmation yet of information about the Saudi authorities’ aerial attack on the capital of the largest Arab monarchy.
This is not the first attempt of an air attack by the Hussites on the Saudi capital. In late June, Allah’s Assistants fired ballistic missiles that reached Riyadh during the first such attack after a six-week truce in Yemen over the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic in the conflict region.
Earlier Thursday, the Saudi-led Husite coalition said its forces intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched from Yemen towards the border town of Najran. A statement on behalf of coalition forces representative, Saudi Army Col. Turki al-Maliki, said the drone targeted civilians and facilities in southern Saudi Arabia.
Since last Friday, Sept. 4, the coalition has destroyed at least six Hussite drones that have attacked southern Saudi Arabia.
As reported by EADaily, early Tuesday morning, September 8, several Hussite drones attacked the Abkhaz International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia. As a result of the air attack, the airport suspended its operations for several hours. A spokesman for the Husiths’ armed forces, Yahya Sari, specified that the attack was carried out using a Samad-3 UAV. The Abkhaz airport, located near the southwestern border of the kingdom with Yemen, has been regularly hit by drones and Hussite ballistic missiles over the past two years.
Since the beginning of the civil war in Yemen in 2014, more than 17,000 people have died in that country and 3 million were forced to leave their homes. The Saudi coalition has been launching airstrikes at Ansar Alla insurgent sites since March 26, 2015. Coalition air raids have mostly killed civilians in Yemen.