Early on April 15, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) carried out a large-scale attack with 11 drones and missiles on several targets in the southern Saudi province on Jizan.
According to Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the group, seven Badir and Saeer missiles targeted a facility of the Saudi oil giant Aramco. At the same time, four Samad-3 and Qasef-2K suicide drones hit a number of MIM-104 Patriot air-defense systems.
“We promise the Saudi regime with larger and wider operations if it continues its aggression and siege on our country,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The Saudi-led coalition claimed that its air-defense means had intercepted five missiles and four drones over Jizan. No evidence to back these claims was presented.
Moreover, footage from the province showed large explosions and massive fires. One video even shows a direct hit by a missile. The footage confirm that the Houthis large attack was successful to some extent.
The attack is the most recent in a series of military developments in Yemen:
- The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 123 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours;
- On April 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Sarwah area;
- On April 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Madghal area;
- On April 14, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Zaher area;
- On April 15, Ansar Allah reportedly attacked an Aramco facility and other sensitive targets in Jizan with 11 missiles and drones;
- On April 15, Ansar Allah attacked Sahn al-Jinn military camp with two missiles;
- On April 15, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued in the east of Madghal district;
The Houthis’ attack on Jizan will not likely push Saudi Arabia to reconsider its war on Yemen. The Kingdom appears to be determined to go on with its costly war, despite the recent setbacks.
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