Military Capabilities

Yemeni rebels deny ballistic missile attack

21 May 2019

Yemen’s Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel group denied that it carried out a ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia on 20 May.

In a statement posted on its website, the group said its armed forces “did not carry out any military operation towards Saudi territory after the operation of 9 Ramadan [14 May], which targeted Aramco”. This was a reference to an attack that the Saudi authorities confirmed was carried out against pumping stations on the kingdom’s East-West Pipeline using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Reports that the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces (RSADF) had intercepted ballistic missiles over Jeddah and Al-Taif appear to have been prompted by mobile phone video clips, purportedly showing explosions in the air over the cities at night time.

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