On Wednesday, Yemeni military units associated with the Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile toward southern Saudi Arabia, the faction’s TV channel reported, as fighting between the Iran-allied group and the kingdom increased.
“The Yemeni army fired a Scud ballistic missile toward Jizan,” Houthi-run Al Maseera TV stated on its official page on Twitter.
Inhabitants in the capital Sanaa claimed hearing a loud sound as the Scud was launched from a place in the city’s vicinity. The launch was closely followed by Saudi-led airstrikes on a military depot for rockets and a government palace.
Saudi Arabia has led an Arab intercession against the Houthis beginning on March 26th of this year with the goal of reinstating the Yemeni administration. The government was overthrown by the Houthi militia, a Shi’ite Muslim group whose main supporter is Iran.
The Houthis claim their rise to authority is a rebellion against corrupt officers beholden to the West and Saudi Arabia.
A large weapon commonly used in the Cold War-era, the Scud had been launched by Yemeni forces at Saudi Arabia two times before during the five-month battle but was destroyed by American Patriot missile batteries both times.
A brigadier general and two Saudi military personnel were killed this week in boundary battles along the kingdom’s long border with northern Yemen, which is the epicenter of the Houthis.
Yemeni national news agency Saba, which is owned by the Houthis, reported that Saudi-led fighter planes launched over 100 air strikes against the faction’s major base of support in Saada province on Tuesday alone.
The statement could not be instantaneously verified.
According to the Human Rights Watch, months of air assaults have hit homes and markets, killing dozens of Yemeni residents and potentially violating the laws of armed conflict.