Yemen's air defense forces conduct airstrikes on Saudi oil facility

Yemen's air defense forces conduct airstrikes on Saudi oil facility

Saudi forces said on Wednesday that their air defense systems intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels, directed at the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour stressed on Tuesday that his country will remain part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen.

Yemen has been dogged by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. One drone was directed at Jizan and the second at an airport in the southern city of Abha near Yemen. The statement came after Yemen's Houthi movement said it launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to the Saudi state energy company.

Saudi coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki accused rival Iran of being behind Wednesday's attacks.

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The Houthis a year ago unveiled the Qasef-1 drone, along with three other new types of drones used for surveillance and attack, claiming they were indigenously made.

Al-Masirah TV said the Houthis used a Qasef-1 drone to disrupt air traffic at Abha airport and to target a Saudi Aramco facility in Jizan in response to what it described as "Saudi-American crimes against Yemenis".

He said Saudi forces also intercepted two missiles in the southern Jizan and Najran provinces close to the border with Yemen. Houthis reported the attack on their website saying dozens of Sudanese soldiers had been killed and armoured vehicles destroyed.

Saudi positions in Jizan were also targeted with a short-range Badr-1 missile on Wednesday.