Houthis launch missile against Saudi base claim Saudis are mired in Yemen

Yemeni Houthi fighters have fired a ballistic missile at a Saudi border guard base located in the southern city of Najran, a spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces affiliated with the group, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said on Friday.

According to the spokesman, the group targeted the 19th Brigade National Guard headquarters in Bir Askar, Najran with a Badr-1 missile.

Saree added that dozens of Saudi soldiers were killed and injured in the attack which came as “the legitimate and natural response to the crimes of the Saudi regime”.

There has been no official confirmation from Riyadh regarding the incident or the number of casualties.

Meanwhile, The Saudi-led coalition’s inability to secure a speedy victory after launching its military operation in Yemen nearly five years ago has put a cramp on Riyadh’s efforts to become a regional power, Ibrahim Mohammad al-Dailami, the Houthi militia’s Iran-based envoy, has claimed.

Speaking to Iran’s PressTV, al-Dailami said that when Riyadh launched its military operation in Yemen in 2015, it was seeking to show itself as “a regional entity to counter other regional entities and become the main agent for the American project in the region.”

“However, [Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s] stumbling in Yemen resulted in a real delay for the Saudis to become a regional power and agent for the American-Zionist project in the area,” the Houthi official added. “Saudis wanted to achieve quick victory in a matter of weeks or one to two months. However, after five years, Saudi Arabia is drowning in Yemen,” he said.

Al-Dailami claimed that the Saudi-led coalition had failed to “divide” Yemen and to stir up “sedition among its people”. He also accused the UK, the US and Israel of being ‘complicit’ for the situation in Yemen due to their weapons as well as logistical and intelligence support to the coalition.