Yemen’s Houthi militia said on Twitter that they launched a drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushit at dawn on Monday. The drone was a Qasef-2K, designed to explode 20 meters in the air and rain shrapnel down on a target.
There was no immediate confirmation of an attack from the government of Saudia Arabia.
The Houthis have repeatedly launched missile and drone strikes on the kingdom in the past, including on the Saudi Aramco Plant. The Houthis and the Saudi government have been locked in a power struggle since 2014 after Houthi rebels seized control of Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa.
Last month, the rebels made major advances on Marib city, the Yemeni government’s final holdout in the country’s north. The city is said to be rich in oil and hosts at least a million displaced people.
Saudi Arabia has offered the Houthi militia a “comprehensive” UN-supervised ceasefire which the Houthis dismissed as “nothing new,” while reiterating their demands for the Saudi-led air and sea blockade on Yemen to be completely lifted.
1- In the early hours of Monday morning, The Air Force carried out an attack on King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushit with Qasef -2K drone. The designated target has been hit with high precision.
— Yahya Sare'e (@Yahya_Saree) April 26, 2021