World Missiles, drones: the Houthis continue their strategy of harassment in Saudi Arabia

15:05  28 february  2021
15:05  28 february  2021 Source:   latribune.fr

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Les rebelles houthis attaquent régulièrement l'Arabie Saoudite avec des missiles et des drones armés (ici les preuves saoudiennes concernant l'attaque de septembre 2019 contre la société pétrolière Aramco) © Provided by La Tribune The Houthi rebels regularly attack Saudi Arabia with missiles and armed drones (here the Saudi evidence concerning the September attack 2019 against the oil company Aramco)

One more attack. The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Saturday it thwarted a Houthi ballistic missile attack targeting the Saudi capital Riyadh and said it destroyed five drones targeting cities in southern Saudi Arabia, reported on Saudi television. State. One of the drones loaded with explosives was heading towards Jazan and three others were in the direction of Khamis Mushait, the same source added. A coalition of Gulf countries under Saudi command has been intervening militarily since 2015 in Yemen against the Houthis, supported by Iran, who control the north of the country including Sanaa, the capital.

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However, Joe Biden ended American support for the coalition in early February, breaking with Donald Trump's diplomacy. "We are strengthening our diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen," said the President of the United States in his first foreign policy speech. "This war must end", he insisted, confirming the appointment of a seasoned diplomat, Timothy Lenderking, as emissary for Yemen. "And to underscore our determination, we are ending all US support for offensive operations in the Yemen war, including arms sales." Concretely, Washington will cancel the sale to Riyadh of "precision munitions" decided at the end of the mandate of Donald Trump, who has always supported the Saudi kingdom, pillar with Israel of its anti-Iran policy.

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Recurrent Houthi attacks on Saudi soil

The Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility on February 10 for the drone attack on Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia. Houthi army spokesman Yahya Sarea said four drones were launched against the airport in retaliation for airstrikes and other coalition maneuvers in Yemen. The coalition had previously said it had intercepted and destroyed two armed drones launched by Shiite rebels. This is the third time this week that drones fired by the Houthis have been intercepted, according to the coalition. The United States announced on February 5 its intention to revoke its decision to designate the Yemeni Houthi movement as a terrorist organization, reversing one of the latest decisions taken by the Trump administration.

Abha International Airport, located about 120 km from the border with Yemen, has suffered a drone attack in the past. "The attempted attack on Abha airport is a war crime and puts the lives of civilian travelers in danger," the coalition said in a statement. She added that the attack hit a civilian aircraft on the ground, igniting the aircraft, which is now under control.

What is behind the rise in Saudi-Houthi tit-for-tat attacks? .
The Yemeni group and Saudi Arabia have been engaged in tit-for-tat attacks amid renewed US efforts to end the conflict.On Monday, the Houthis targeted the heart of a Saudi oil installation in its eastern province, pushing global crude oil prices to the highest level in two years.

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