Houthis say their drone attacks target several Saudi cities | Houthis News
The Saudi-led coalition said it attacked 13 Houthi targets across Yemen.
Yemen’s Houthi fighters said they fired 14 drones on Saturday at several Saudi cities, including Saudi Aramco’s facilities in Jeddah, with the Saudi state news agency reporting that the Saudi-led coalition attacked 13 targets in Yemen during a military operation against the group.
Yahya Saree, the Houthi military spokesman, told a televised press conference on Saturday that the group attacked Aramco refineries in Jeddah as well as military targets in Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Jizan and Najran.
Saree said the attacks were a response to the escalating “aggression” of the Saudi-led Arab coalition “and the pursuit of its crimes and its siege” in Yemen.
However, inaccuracies were pointed out in Saree’s statement – he mentioned the wrong name for Jeddah International Airport and the wrong location for King Khalid’s base, claiming he was in Riyadh while he was in actually in the south of the kingdom.
Although there has been no comment from the Saudi-led coalition on the drone attack allegations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the coalition’s operation in Yemen has hit arms depots, air defense systems and drone communication systems in the capital Sanaa on Saturday. as well as the provinces of Saada and Marib.
The Iranian-backed Houthi group regularly announces rocket and drone attacks on Saudi territory, saying it is a reaction to the coalition’s assault on Yemen.
Yemen has been in the throes of violence and chaos since 2014, when the Houthis invaded much of the country, including Sana’a.
The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back the Houthi territorial gains.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the conflict has claimed more than 233,000 lives.
The efforts of the United Nations and the United States to organize a ceasefire in Yemen have stalled.
The conflict, seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been at a military stalemate for years.
The Houthis launch an offensive in Marib, the last northern stronghold of the internationally recognized government, as well as in other parts of Yemen.