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Saudi Arabia under attack from Yemen’s rebels


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia, which entered the Yemen conflict in 2015 to bolster the internationally recognized government, has repeatedly been targeted with cross-border attacks by Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

A timeline of the attacks:

Scud attack

In June 2015, the Huthis fire a Scud missile at the city of Khamis Mushait, in the southwest of the kingdom, in response to an intensification of Saudi coalition airstrikes.

Riyadh says it intercepted the missile, which the rebels say was aimed at an airbase, claiming that several Saudi soldiers were killed in the attack.

Saudi coalition aircraft launch retaliatory strikes, bombing several military sites and rebel positions.

Khamis Mushait, which is home to a major airbase, has since been the target of several rebel attacks.

Najran regular target

In December 2015, a missile fired at the Saudi city of Najran by rebels in Yemen kills three civilians, including two Indian workers.

A Huthi rocket kills seven civilians in the city in August 2016.

Since then, the Huthis have fired numerous missiles at Najran and Jazan, which lie on the border with Yemen, in southern Saudi Arabia.

Missiles over Riyadh

In November 2017, Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the international airport northeast of Riyadh.

Riyadh accuses Iran of giving military support to the Huthi rebels. Iran rejects the accusations as “irresponsible and provocative”.

In December, Saudi Arabia intercepts, over Riyadh, another ballistic missile, which rebel-controlled television says targeted the official residence of King Salman.

The rebels then in March 2018 fire seven missiles on Saudi territory, including three in the direction of Riyadh. Missile debris kills one person.

Airport attacks

In June 2019, 26 civilians are wounded in an attack on Abha International airport in the southwest of the kingdom. The Huthis say they have fired a cruise missile.

Later that month, a missile attack at the same airport kills one Syrian national and wounds 21 other civilians.

Nine civilians are injured in July in another attack on the airport.

Aramco oil installations targeted

In May 2019, the rebels claim twin drone attacks on a pipeline linking eastern and western Saudi Arabia, in a blow to the world’s biggest oil exporter.

The coalition carries out a series of airstrikes on Sanaa.

The Huthis in August says they have carried out an attack with 10 drones against a Saudi gas installation. Oil giant Aramco says a “limited” fire at the eastern Shaybah gas installation has been brought under control.

A wave of aerial attacks claimed by the Huthis in September that year spark fires at Aramco facilities, knocking out half of the kingdom’s oil production.

Riyadh and Washington accuse Tehran of having sponsored the attacks. Iran denies providing weapons to the Huthis but makes no secret of its political support for the rebels.

In November 2020, the Huthis fired a missile at an Aramco site at Jeddah, the biggest city in western Saudi Arabia, setting off a fire in a fuel tank. The coalition responds with airstrikes on Huthi military camps.

Airport again targeted

A Huthi drone strike on Wednesday leaves a civilian plane ablaze at Abha airport, days after the US moved to delist the rebels as terrorists.


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