Saudi Arabia has been ‘attacked by 14 drones,’ as Yemen vows to “escalate” the threat.
As tensions between Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement “escalate,” SAUDI ARABIA has reportedly been “attacked by 14 drones.”
According to the Islamist political and armed movement, 14 drones were fired at various cities in the Middle Eastern country, including Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah.
In a press conference, a Houthi military spokesman said the group had also attacked military targets in Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Jizan, and Najran.
However, their statement misspelled the name of Jeddah’s international airport.
They also misidentified the location of King Khalid’s base, claiming it to be in Riyadh when it is actually in the kingdom’s south.
“The armed forces, with God Almighty’s help, will face escalation after escalation until the aggression stops and the siege is lifted,” an army spokesperson said on Twitter.
During a military operation against Houthis in Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition retaliated by attacking 13 targets, according to Saudi state news agency SPA.
The coalition said the operation targeted weapons depots, air defense systems, and drone communication systems in the provinces of Sanaa, Saada, and Marib.
Although Aramco’s refinery in Jeddah was decommissioned in 2017, the company still has a petroleum products distribution plant in the city, which the Houthis targeted in March.
Since the coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015, after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from the capital, Sanaa, the Houthis have launched cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia using drones and missiles.
Efforts to engineer a ceasefire in Yemen, led by the UN and the US, have come to a halt.
For years, the conflict, which is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been stuck in a military stalemate.
The Houthis have launched an offensive in Marib, Yemen’s last internationally recognized government stronghold, as well as other parts of the country.
The Houthi movement is an Islamist political and armed movement that arose in the 1990s in Sa’dah, Yemen.
The Houthis have taken control of the majority of Yemen’s northern territory.
They have been resisting the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen since 2015, which claims to be restoring power to the internationally recognized Yemeni government.
The Islamic State militant group has launched attacks on all of the conflict’s major players, including the Houthis, Saleh forces, Yemeni government, and Saudi-led coalition forces.
As a proxy, the Houthis have launched numerous missile and drone attacks against Saudi cities.
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