The Saudi-led coalition has deployed US-made MIM-104 Patriot air-defense systems in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib, al-Mashhad al-Khaleeji reported on April 3.
A military source in the coalition told the news outlet that the systems were deployed in Ma’rib city center.
“A number of Patriot defense systems of the Arab coalition recently arrived in Ma’rib city,” the source, who was not named, said.
The source said that the systems will be used to protect urban areas in Ma’rib from the Houthi (Ansar Allah) repeated missile attacks.
The Patriot air-defense system is the main line of defense for Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen. However, the costly, over-sensitive system fails on a regular basis.
According to the recent report by the SAM for Rights and Liberties Organization, the Houthis have launched 115 ballistic missiles and 140 rockets at Ma’rib city since the outbreak of the Yemen war in 2015.
The Houthis are now leading a large-scale attack in Ma’rib. The center of the province is the main target of the Yemeni group. Saudi-backed forces have been showing fierce resistance. However, Houthi fighters continue to advance.
After failing to win the war on Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition is now, once again, stepping up its operations against the Houthis.
In its most recent operation, Saudi-led coalition warplanes destroyed an alleged booby-trapped boat of the Houthis off Yemen’s western coast. A video of the operation was shared by the Saudi Press Agency on April 4.
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