NBC: Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen ramp up drone, missile attacks on Saudi Arabia
Iran-backed Houthi forces are launching more and more armed drones and missiles against Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh has managed to foil most of the attacks.
WASHINGTON — Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have ramped up drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia over the past month, employing increasingly sophisticated drones and missiles to hit targets across the kingdom's territory, Defense officials and experts say.
The Houthis launched more than 40 drones and missiles at Saudi Arabia in February alone, a senior U.S. Defense official told NBC News. "We're certainly aware of a troubling increase in Houthi cross-border attacks from a variety of systems, including cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)," the Defense official said.
The attacks underscore the Houthis' ability to strike at far-flung targets in Saudi Arabia over hundreds of miles, including the center of the kingdom's oil industry.
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Update #1: Western nations condemn Houthi offensive on Yemen's Marib (Middle East Eye) Update #2: As Biden pushes for peace, Yemeni rebels ramp up strikes on Saudi Arabia (Washington Post)
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