Houthis launch more strikes on Saudi Arabia

Over the past two days, Yemen’s Houthi insurgent group has claimed more strikes inside Saudi Arabia. This follows several recent attacks utilizing missiles and suicide drones.

Yesterday, Houthi forces claimed to have fired another cruise missile into Saudi territory. The group’s Al Masirah news reported that the missile was directed at a power plant in the southern Jizan province.

While stating that the actual location was a desalination plant, Saudi officials did confirm that it was hit by a “projectile,” downplaying the incident.

The Houthi’s previously fired a cruise missile into Saudi last week, targeting the Jizan international airport. At least 26 people were injured in that attack.

Yesterday’s incident marks just the third time that the group has reported using a cruise missile, with the first purportedly directed at Abu Dhabi’s airport in December 2017. Emirati officials have vehemently denied this claim.

Following the recent trend of utilizing its Qasef-2 suicide drones to target airports in southern Saudi Arabia, the Houthis claimed today that it again hit the Jizan airport with the drones.

On May 21, the Houthis stated to have used a Qasef-2 to strike a military depot at Saudiโ€™s Najran airport.

One day later, it alleged another drone strike on the Najran airport; while on May 23, yet another drone strike on the airport was claimed by the group.

On May 26, the Houthis declared its forces hit the Jizan airport with a drone strike โ€“ a statement that was denied by Saudi officials. Earlier this month, the Houthis again said that the Jizan airport was hit by a flurry of drone strikes but this was not confirmed by Saudi Arabia.

Caleb Weiss is an editor of FDD's Long War Journal and a senior analyst at the Bridgeway Foundation, where he focuses on the spread of the Islamic State in Central Africa.

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