Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles and six drones
RIADH, (BM) – A coalition led by Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles and six drones fired by explosives launched by Yemeni Hussites, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the spokesman for the coalition Turki al-Maliki.
“The combined coalition forces intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles this morning launched by the Iranian-backed Hussite militia to deliberately target civilians and civilian targets in the Kingdom [Saudi Arabia-IF],” al-Maliki said.
He noted that the Hussites deliberately aggravate the situation by attacking civilians and civilian targets in Yemen and neighboring countries using ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
“The command of the United Coalition Forces will continue to implement and take all necessary procedures to protect civilians and civilian objects, as well as all operational procedures to stop these terrorist attacks and unsuccessful attempts in accordance with customary international humanitarian law,” the representative of the coalition added.
Earlier in July, the Arab coalition launched a new operation against Yemeni rebels. Thus, the coalition put an end to its ceasefire unilaterally announced last April: then it was declared as part of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
Yemeni rebels attacked a Saudi Air Force base and destroyed 5 fighter jets
As we reported on June 18 Yemeni rebels attacked the Saudi Arabian Air Force military base, resulting in the destruction of 5 fighters – 3 F-15 fighters and 2 Tornado fighters.
According to some reports, the strike was carried out by missiles that were not yet seen by air defense systems located in this direction, although earlier in Riyadh they announced that they had successfully repelled the attack of the Yemenite Hussites.
According to sources, a missile strike occurred at an air base located in the vicinity of Khamis Mushait. Data on other destructions are not specified, however, given the success of the Hussite attack, the infrastructure of the military facility could well have been damaged, not to mention possible victims.
According to some reports, the information was also confirmed by satellite images, however, no evidence has yet been provided, which raises some doubts about this.
It should be clarified that the Hussites are also armed with short-range ballistic missiles, and therefore, it is possible that they were used to attack the Saudi air force.
The conflict between Saudi Arabia – Yemen Hussites
In 2014, the Hussites, Shiite-born northern Yemen, carried out a coup and seized power in the northern provinces of the country, including the capital, the city of Sana’a. In turn, the internationally recognized government and President Mansour Hadi moved their residences to the city of Aden, located on the southern coast of Yemen.
In connection with the further military successes of the Hussites and their active promotion to the south of the country, in 2015, Saudi Arabia led the coalition of Arab countries and launched the ground-based military operation “Tempest of Determination” in support of the official government.
The reason for such great concern for Saudi Arabia was the threat that the Hussites would reach the coast of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the most important sea transport corridor through which Saudi oil tankers pass.
This happened also because Hussites are protected by Iran – an enemy of the Sunni countries of the Islamic world and, above all, Saudi Arabia.
In addition, it is worth noting that other forces are taking part in the Yemeni conflict. Among the largest forces is the UAE-supported Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is in an ambiguous relationship with official Yemen and is committed to the independence of southern Yemen.
Also in Yemen, there is a large terrorist organization, al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula, which controls large areas of central Yemen.
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