Saudis, Yemen’s Houthis Trade Cross-Border Strikes

Saudis say 13 targets hit in Yemen

Last week, a cross-border drone attack by the Houthis led to a flurry of Saudi strikes across northern Yemen. Saudi officials say 13 targets were hit in Saana, Saada, and Maarib.

The Houthis responded further, sending 14 drones into Saudi Arabia, attacking several cities and the Aramco facilities in Jeddah. They also reported firing two missiles, but they didn’t hit anything.

Addressing the strikes, Saudi officials reported destroying one of the drones headed to Najran Airport. They said the drone remnants were scattered over a residential area, but there were no casualties.

The Saudis launch a lot of strikes into northern Yemen at any given time. Huge numbers of Houthis are killed especially around Maarib, where recent figures estimated some 15,000 killed in months of air campaigns.

Author: Jason Ditz

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