Iran-backed Houthis attack Saudi Arabia again with drones

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Iran-backed Houthis attack Saudi Arabia again with drones


In what has become a weekly event in recent months, Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen attacked Saudi Arabia with suicide drones on Monday evening. The Houthis informed Iranian media of the attack; a form of bragging, designed to show their abilities to their Tehran-based IRGC managers.

According to the Tasnim News Agency, Yahya Sari, spokesman for the Houthi “Yemeni Armed Forces”, announced the drone operation for military purposes at Abuha Airport and King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait. “He announced that the operation had been carried out with three Kasef K2 drones and that the operation was very precise,” the report notes. “This operation was carried out with the aim of legitimately defending the crimes of the aggressors and pursuing the siege of our country,” the Houthis said. The Houthis are trying to take Yemen from the Saudi-backed government. Riyadh intervened there in 2015.

Israel and other countries fear Iran is gaining a foothold in Yemen, which could threaten the Red Sea and the Bab al-Manbad Strait between Yemen and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Iran is said to have drones it could supply, or has supplied, to Yemen, which can travel the 2,000 km to reach Israel. Iran has augmented the capabilities of the Houthis with technical know-how for air defense, ballistic missiles and drones.

Saudi Arabia supports Yemeni fighters in a hurry in Marib. The Houthis could take the city, but the United States wants a peace deal. The last US administration put the Houthis on a terrorist list for a week before stepping down, while the Biden administration later removed them.
These former terrorists, now militants, have stepped up attacks against Saudi Arabia since their removal from the list. The United States seems to quietly want an end to the conflict. Iran appears to be trying to use the Houthis as leverage to test missiles and drones.

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