Houthis Launch Barrage Of “Zilzal-1” Rockets At Saudi Troops In Jizan

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Houthis Launch Barrage Of “Zilzal-1” Rockets At Saudi Troops In Jizan

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing

On January 4, the Houthis launched eight Zilzal-1 rockets and several artillery shells on positions and gatherings of the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies in areas of al-Khubah and al-Dud mount in the Kingdom’s southern province of Jizan.

“The artillery and rocket strikes achieved direct hits in the ranks of Saudi soldiers and their mercenaries in the targeted positions,” the Yemeni al-Masirah TV quoted a military source as saying.

The Houthis usually use the codename “Zilzal-1” to refer to a variety of locally-made improvised rocket-assisted munitions (IRAMs), which are usually based on Grad 122mm rockets or Type 63 107mm rockets. Most of these IRAMs have a very close range but a heavy warhead.

The rocket and artillery strikes were clearly aimed at deterring the Saudi-led coalition, which stepped up its airstrikes on the Houthi-held areas in northern Yemen. This high tension in northern Yemen is a direct result of the recent UN-sponsored ceasefire agreement, which only covers the provinces of al-Hudaydah and Taiz in western and southwestern Yemen.

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  • Nowruz

    I wish the Zilzal-1 had a range of 800-1000km then the Houthis could fire a few at Riyadh.

    • northerntruthseeker .

      The Houthis did lob a few long range missiles at the criminal Saudi capital over the last two years.. But they were few and far between..

  • Radom Persey

    The houthis should get a fully modern and capable air defense system like S400.

    • northerntruthseeker .

      Not possible… To even ship that system to the Houthis is impossible right now…

      • Radom Persey

        What about something like a more modern manpad like a SA-18 Igla or something that can neutralize saudi aircraft better?

  • Brother Ma

    Heavy warhead? What do they put in them ? Anti personnel or high explosive?

    • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

      Depending on the wartype , the 122mm rockets can have up to a 25kg HE warhead, if i remember correct.
      Wich gives a pretty loud boom and shakes the soil pretty good.

      FRAG can also be used among other warheads , the 122mm rockets are the swiss army among rockets.

      • Brother Ma

        Thanks Brian. Great primer for me.Excuse the pun .haha

        • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

          You are welcome 👍

  • northerntruthseeker .

    Great news for the Houthis, and we can only hope that they continue to plaster these child murdering criminal Saudis with even more missiles….