Operation Deterrent Balance 5: Houthis Attacked Saudi Capital, Southern Region With Ballistic Missile, 16 Drones

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Operation Deterrent Balance 5: Houthis Attacked Saudi Capital, Southern Region With Ballistic Missile, 16 Drones

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing

The Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced on February 28 that their Air Force and Missile Force had carried out a large-scale operation against Saudi Arabia.

The operation, dubbed “Deterrent Balance 5,” targeted military positions in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as well as in the Kingdom’s southern region.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that sensitive positions in Riyadh were targeted with a Zulfiqar ballistic missile and nine Samad-3 suicide drones. Furthermore, six Qasef-2K drones struck a network of military positions near the southern Saudi cities of Abha and Khamis Mushait.

According to the spokesman, the operation was launched late on February 27 and ended in the early morning of the next day.

“The armed forces affirm that its operation will continue and expand more and more as long as the aggression and siege on our country are ongoing,” Brig. Gen. Sari said.

Saudi Arabia announced that its air-defense means had intercepted a ballistic missile and six drones which were launched by the Houthis from Yemen. This confirms that Operation Deterrent Balance 5 was successful to some extent.

Operation Deterrent Balance 5 is the most recent in a series of large-scale missile and drone attacks by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia.

  • Operation Deterrent Balance 1 targeted the Shaybah super-giant oil field in southeast Saudi Arabia on August 17 of 2019.
  • Operation Deterrent Balance 2 targeted two strategic oil facilities in the eastern Saudi areas of Buqayq and Khurais on September 14 of 2019.
  • Operation Deterrent Balance 3 targeted an oil facility of Aramco as well as “sensitive targets” in the western Saudi city of Yanbu on February 21 of 2020.
  • Operation Deterrent Balance 4 targeted the headquarters of the Saudi Defense Ministry, intelligence facilities, King Salman Air Base and other positions in Riyadh and the southern provinces of Jizan and Najran on June 23 of 2020.

These large-scale operations inflicted some losses on the Saudi military and oil sector. Nevertheless, the Kingdom didn’t back down in Yemen.

Riyadh appears to be determined to go with its war on Yemen in spite of the high economic, military and political costs. For more than a five years, Saudi forces have achieved very little success in Yemen. In fact, their intervention in the country appeared to be a failure.


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