Houthi Missile Attacks in Saudi Arabia

Charlene Craig
March 27, 2018

Saudi Arabia has claimed to have intercepted seven ballistic missiles fired by Houthi forces from Yemen, using the USA -made MIM-104 Patriot missile defense system.

The U.S. condemned the ballistic missile attack by Yemen's Houthis on several Saudi Arabian cities, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Monday.

The Saudi-led coalition said the attacks all targeted populated areas.

The demonstration took place in Sabaeen Square, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, which remains under Houthi control, a day after Riyadh reported intercepting seven Houthi missiles.

According to a report from CNN, seven long-range Burqan 2H ballistic missiles were detected by Saudi Arabia's air force on Sunday.

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Al Masirah, a Houthi-run satellite news channel, identified some of the missiles fired as the Burkan, or Volcano, missile.

"We support the efforts of the Saudi-led coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, as approved by the UN Security Council", the British ministers said in a statement.

"The Saudis have directly blamed the Iranians for previous missile launches, so I expect MbS will bring this up with his USA counterparts", Graham Griffiths, senior analyst at Control Risks Middle East, said in reply to emailed questions.

"It's more likely that none of the missiles have been intercepted than it is that the Saudis have shot down any", said Jeffrey Lewis, a missile expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, who watched the videos and previously has studied other Saudi Patriot missile launches.

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"This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Huthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities", coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said.

The Saudi-led coalition has launched thousands of air strikes on Yemen in the past three years, some of which have hit hospitals, schools and markets, killing hundreds of civilians while bringing Riyadh little closer to military victory.

The poll showed that 88 percent of respondents believed their country should stop arms exports to all countries where there is a risk they could be used against civilian populations and specifically 75 percent for those operating in Yemen.

The poll comes as some European states, notably Germany, have curtailed ties with the Saudi-led military coalition.

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