The series of ballistic missile attacks against Saudi Arabia occurred on September 4. To the east, a ballistic missile attack targeted the city of Dammam. In addition, three drones carrying explosives were also intercepted. The country’s defense ministry said rocket debris injured two children and damaged 14 homes.
The Saudi-led coalition accused the Houthis in Yemen of carrying out the attacks.
Members of the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Photo: EPA
Saudi Arabia’s defense ministry spokesman Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki said: “Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles and three drones loaded with explosives by force. Iran-backed Houthi forces launched. Turki Al-Maliki called it “brutal, irresponsible behavior” by the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
However, Huthi’s side has not yet commented after the incident.
According to some reports, these attacks have not yet caused damage to Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, which, if happening, could have an impact on the world’s oil markets.
However, the Saudi Defense Ministry said there would be immediate countermeasures and deterrence actions. TV Al-Ekhbariya also reported on the intercept, and the Saudi coalition said it would take “strict measures” to protect the population.
The incident comes just four days after a drone hit Abha International Airport in the south of Saudi Arabia, injuring eight people and damaging a civilian plane.
The incident on September 4 also took place a few hours before Hans Grundberg, the new UN special envoy for Yemen, officially took over on September 5.
The ballistic missile attack on the oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia was intercepted in the city of Dammam on September 4. Photo: Reuters
The Houthis in Yemen have repeatedly carried out cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. Eastern Saudi Arabia is an area with a large oil infrastructure. An attack in September 2019 on two Aramco plants in the east affected half of the country’s oil production.
The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, supporting forces of the ousted government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Houthis. In August, the rebels stepped up their drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.
The conflict in Yemen has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to evacuate. The United Nations calls it the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.