Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fightes from Popular Committees, have reportedly launched an airstrike against an MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile system stationed at an airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran.
A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the local Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni soldiers and their allies attacked the US-built system on Thursday, using a domestically-designed and -manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drone.
The source added that the aerial attack was carried out following close surveillance by Yemeni forces.
According to Yemeni sources, this is the third consecutive attack by Yemeni forces’ drones on the Saudi airport.
The development came a day after Yemeni soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees launched a drone into the same Saudi region, targeting military aircraft hangars at the airport.
On Tuesday, a Yemeni drone strike on an arms depot at Najran airport also caused a huge fire and considerable damage.
Air Force of the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees on Thursday carried out a new attack by Qasef K2 combat drone on Najran Regional Airport for the third time in 72 hours.
A military source told Almasirah.Net that the operation has targeted the “Patriot system” at the airport.
The source confirmed that the operation hit its target accurately, after accurate intelligence monitoring.
On Wednesday morning, the Air force carried out an attack by Qasef K2 combat drone that targeting hangars housing the saudi’s warplanes.
A day earlier, the Air Force had launched a counterattack on an arms depot inside the same airport, using a Qasef K2 combat drone. The strike caused a fire at the airport.
In mid-May, the Yemeni Army and Committees launched drone raids on a major oil pipeline deep inside the Saudi kingdom in retaliation for the regime’s war crimes against Yemen, forcing state crude giant Aramco to temporarily stop pumping oil on the pipeline.
Ansarullah warned on Sunday that those strikes were the start of operations against 300 vital targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as positions inside Yemen, where the foreign aggressors and their mercenaries hold bases.
The Yemeni Air Force, which is loyal to the Houthis, announced on May 23 that it had targeted a Patriot air-defense system in the Najran Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia with a Qasef-2K suicide drone.
“The offensive operation, which targeted the Patriot system, was successful … It was carried out after close intelligence monitoring,” a source in the Yemeni Air Force told al-Masirah TV.
The Qasef-2k is a slightly upgraded variant of the Qasef-1 UAV, which is a direct copy of the Iranian Ababil-2. The new suicide UAV is armed with a heavy high-explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG) warhead that explodes 20m over the target.
This was the third such attack on the Najran Regional Airport in the last three days. The first attack targeted an ammo depot in the military wing of the airport, while the second targeted a warplane shelter.
The Houthi-affiliated al-Masirah media outlet published a video on Thursday shows for the first time a footage from 2018 drone attack on Abu Dhabi international Airport in UAE.
On July 2018, the Houthi rebel group claimed an attack by several combat drones that targeted the international Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates with multiple airstrikes.
Yemen’s Joint Operations Command Center has released footage verifying a retaliatory attack on the Abu Dhabi International Airport carried out last year, which had been denied by officials of the United Arab Emirates. The video shows a Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle flying at low altitude before it fires a missile, setting two trucks parked at the airport ablaze.
The attack took place on July 26, 2018 when Yemeni army soldiers, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, launched an airstrike against the airport using a domestically-built long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle.
Abdullah al-Jafri, a spokesman for Yemeni air force and air defense, said at the time that the drone attack on Abu Dhabi International Airport had halted flights to and from the airport, adding that this was the first time that Yemeni forces used a drone to attack the airport.
He added that Yemeni forces will continue to target the infrastructure of countries that have taken part in the aggression against Yemen in future attacks. Emirati aviation authorities later denied the attack, announcing that an incident involving a supply vehicle in the Terminal 1 airside area of the airport had occurred at around 4 p.m. local time (1200 GMT).
UAE officials also claimed that the development had not affected operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and flights continued to arrive and depart as scheduled. The UAE is Saudi Arabia’s key ally in its deadly war against Yemen.
SANA’A – The Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, has said that “every time they try to put the name of Iran in the Yemen war, we make it clear that we make our own decisions, and we are fully prepared to accept peace if the Saudi-led coalition wants.”
“If the Saudi-led coalition ends the aggression and lifts the sea, air and land siege on the Yemeni people and would be serious about peace, we are ready to make a decision for peace,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said to BBC in an exclusive interview.
On the other hand, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi denied any link to Iran regarding the attack carried out by Yemeni forces on Saudi oil lines.
He indicated that the attack was in response to the escalation of aggression and the killing of the Yemeni people.
The Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee confirmed that “the Yemeni forces are ready to stop these operations if the coalition of aggression stops killing the Yemeni people.”
Answering a question about the acquisition of weapons from Iran by Ansarullah, al-Houthi expressed surprise and replied: “If we are unable to bring food, food and basic materials through the port of Hodeidah, how would we get weapons from Iran or any other side?”
Al-Houthi noted that the port of Hodeidah is supervised by the United Nations, which knows what is and what comes out of it.
He confirmed that the drones used by the Yemeni forces in their attack were completely locally manufactured.
The BBC interview marks one of the few occasions in which Western mainstream media has given a platform to representatives of the National Salvation Government.