Houthis tried to target civilian site in Najran

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2019

The attack targeted a civilian infrastructure in the city of Najran, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

In the drone attack, the Houthis' Al-Masirah satellite news channel said they targeted the airport in Najran with a Qasef-2K drone, striking an "arms depot".

On Monday, Saudi Arabia said it intercepted two Houthi missiles fired from Yemen, stopping one over the city of Taif and the other over Jiddah.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led Coalition, in a bid to restore control to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is Riyadh's ally. The United Nations have previously said that Saudi Arabia may have committed war crimes in the Yemen conflict.

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The attack bears extra significance at this stage of the war because it indicates that Yemeni forces were able to fly their armed drones a long distance and carry out precision strikes and then fly them back while evading Saudi defenses all along.

"But given all the regional conflicts that we have seen over the past decade and the shape of these attacks, it seems like it's quite possible that Iran was behind these", he told the Hugh Hewitt show.

The Houthis denied that their missiles were targeting Makkah, roughly 70 km (40 miles) from Jeddah and 50 km (30 miles) from Taif.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul Gheit issued a statement saying these acts pose a serious threat to regional and worldwide security, and not just that of Saudi Arabia, voicing at the same time the Arab bloc's full support for the Kingdom in the face of terrorist threats that trigger regional chaos.

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