For the second time this month, the Houthis used what they described as a “cruise missile” in an attack on a strategic facility in southern Saudi Arabia.
The new attack, which occurred in the late hours of June 19, targeted a major power plant in the area of al-Shuqaiq in the Kingdom’s southern province of Jizan, according to the al-Masirah TV network.
Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, said that the new missile strike was a response to the “continued crimes” of the Saudi-led coalition and the siege imposed on Yemen.
“There are great surprises coming, God willing, we will target positions that are more sensitive for the Saudi regime if it continues to escalate [the situation],” Sari added.
Last week, the Houthis also launched a “cruise missile” at the Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia. The missile hit the airport with high-accuracy rendering it out of service and injuring dozens of civilians.
The Houthis had used real cruise missiles before. In 2017, the Iranian-backed group launched what is suspected to be an Iranian Soumar cruise missile at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE. However, the missile failed minutes after launch and crashed in northern Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition has not commented on the Houthis’ claims, so far. However, the upcoming few hours will likely reveal more details regarding the attack.