Yemeni missile strikes on Saudi Arabia

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The Yemen Volcano-1 ballistic missile has a range of about 1000 km
See also Saudi Arabia, Yemeni drone strikes on the UAE, and Saudi advance on Hodaidah


King Fahd Airbase, Taif

September 2016

  • Yemeni forces launch new missile against Saudi Arabia: Video - PressTV, September 2, 2016
    Yemeni army forces have launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to Riyadh’s atrocious aerial bombardments against the crisis-stricken Arab country. On Friday, the media bureau of the operations command in Yemen released footage showing the missile attack against a stationary target in the Saudi city of Ta'if, located more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) southeast of the capital, Riyadh.

October 7, 2016

King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah

October 27, 2016

Saudi and US sources
  • Saudi Arabia Says Yemen Rebels Fire Missile Toward Mecca - AP, The New York Times, October 28, 2016
    Rebel media in Yemen said the missile targeted an international airport in Jiddah, though Saudi Arabia said it was "intercepted and destroyed" 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Mecca, which is home to the cube-shaped Kaaba that the world's Muslims pray toward five times a day.
    The missile launch shows the capability of Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies to continue to strike Saudi Arabia. It also drew the immediate anger of Saudi citizens, as the protection of Mecca is a key pillar of the Saudi royal family's prestige and the country's national identity.
    The Saudi military said the missile, fired Thursday night from Yemen's northwestern Saada province bordering the kingdom, caused no damage. The Saudi military has a supply of U.S.-made, surface-to-air Patriot missile batteries it previously has fired at Houthi-launched missiles.
  • Yemen's Houthis launch missile toward Saudi holy city - Reuters, October 27, 2016
    Yemen's Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile toward Mecca on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war said on Saudi state news agency SPA. Coalition forces destroyed the missile 65 km (40 miles) from the holy city without damage and retaliated against the launch site inside Yemen, the statement said.
  • Houthis fire ballistic missile toward Mecca - Deutsche Welle, October 28, 2016
    The Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war said on Saudi state news agency SPA that a Burkan-1 ballistic missile was luanched into Saudi Arabia, adding that it had targeted King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, the kingdom's busiest airport. Saudi Arabia said it had "intercepted and destroyed" the missile 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Mecca.
Pro-Yemen sources
  • Yemeni forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah airport - PressTV, October 28, 2016
    Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees have reportedly launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to the Riyadh regime’s atrocious aerial bombardments against the crisis-hit Arab country.
    Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) missile towards King Abdulaziz International Airport, located 19 kilometers north of the western Saudi port city of Jeddah, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.
    A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, later told the official Saba news agency that the 12.5-meter-long missile had targeted its target accurately and left massive destruction at the airport.
  • Yemen’s War – Saudi Arabia hides behind Holy Mecca to garner sympathies - Catherine Shakdam, Huffington Post, November 1, 2016


Oil refineries


Riyadh Airport

Intercepted by Patriot missiles?

The New York Times published an investigation of Saudi Patriots intercepting Yemeni missile, flying to the airport last month. Conclusion was... Patriots didn't intercept anything, at the very least not the warhead.

  • Did American Missile Defense Fail in Saudi Arabia? - The New York Times, December 4, 2017
    Instead, evidence analyzed by a research team of missile experts appears to show the missile’s warhead flew unimpeded over Saudi defenses and nearly hit its target, Riyadh’s airport. The warhead detonated so close to the domestic terminal that customers jumped out of their seats.
    Laura Grego, a missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, expressed alarm that Saudi defense batteries had fired five times at the incoming missile. You shoot five times at this missile and they all miss? That's shocking, ” she said. “That's shocking because this system is supposed to work.”

Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE

See Yemeni drone strikes on the UAE


Qasef drone Source

See also Houthi missile and drone counterstrikes


Ansarallah drones.png
See also Jan 9, Drone attack on coalition military parade
  • Video of the August 28, 2019 strike on Abha airport released July 2020

May 14, Drone strike on Aramco pipeline

August 17, Drone attack on a remote Saudi oil field

Sept 14, Drones strike Aramco facilities

See September 14, 2019 strike on Aramco facilities


'Balance of deterence 4'

Pro- Yemeni sources

June 23: Eastern Lion Pro-Houthi Yemeni Armed Forces targeted the Saudi MoD building, HQ of Intelligence, Salman Air Base in Riyadh and other military positions in Jizan and Najran with Zulfiqar ballistic missiles, Quds-1 cruise missiles and Samad-3 suicide drones. Unconfirmed reports that some high-ranking Saudi officers, two American intelligence officers and a British intelligence officer were killed in Houthi's operation.

Nasser Arrabyee The large scale operation on Saudi Arabia today Hit targets in the Saudi capital Riyadh,and south of Saudi Arabia:Najran and Jaizan. In Riyadh, the drones and ballistic and winged missiles hit the ministry of defense,the headquarters of intelligence,among other vital targets.


June 23: UK Foreign Secretary condemns the attack.

Yemeni Maps (Twitter) The Yemeni Air Force able to carry out a large -scale operation towards Khamis Mushait and Najran with Qasef 2K drones.

July 3, Najran and Khamis Mushait

  • RusiNews Facebook - ′′ With God's help and grace, the air force spokesman Yahya Srya said: ′′ The air force managed to carry out a wide operation this afternoon towards Khamis Mushait and Najran with a large number of planes (2 K) targeting the operating room And control of Najran airport, armory and plane stores at King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait and other military targets ". He added: ′′ Planes hit their targets with high precision ". For its part, the Arab Alliance in Yemen announced earlier today that its forces destroyed 4 bomb drones launched by the Houthis towards Saudi Arabia
  • Yemen: General Sarea Announces Large Scale Drone Attack om Khamis Msheit, Najran - Al Manar, July 3, 2020
  • Yemeni Drones Hit Positions Deep in Saudi Arabia - Al Masirah, July 4, 2020

July 12, Najran and Khamis Mushait

Abha airport KSA, Sept 8

Abha airport KSA, February 10, 2021


Mar 26: Yemeni armed forces spokesman on Twitter - The armed forces targeted military and vital headquarters :and facilities of the Saudi enemy in a joint military operation (Operation National Resilience Day) with 18 drones and eight ballistic missiles...Aramco's facility in Ras al-Tanura, Rabag, Yanbu, Jizan and King Abdulaziz Base in Dammam were targeted by 12 sammad3 drone and eight ballistic missiles type Zulfiqar, Badr, and Sa'ir... Other military positions in Najran and Assir were targeted by six Qasef 2K-type drones.The operations successfully achieved its objectives.
April 11
  • Yahya Sare'e on Twitter - Aramco refineries in Jeddah and Jubail are targeted with 10 Sammad 3 drones... ::Targeting sensitive military sites in the Khamis Mushit and Jizan areas with five Qassaf -2K drones and two Badr 1 ballistic missiles.
  • The Houthi's Operation "Thirty of Shaban" is the group's third major cross-border attack on Saudi Arabia since March. No damage was reported, despite Houthi claims they had ::struck refineries in Jeddah and Jubail with Sammad-3 drones. Ambrey Intelligence on Twitter
  • Press TV - Earlier Monday, an international airport in Saudi Arabia’s ::Jeddah was temporarily closed due to a military activity in the vicinity of the city, an aviation news website saya, with Yemen warning that the kingdom uses its airports for ::military purposes. Simple Flying reported on Monday that flights due to arrive in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah are diverting to other airports around Saudi :: Arabia
  • Flight disruption reported by @Tomas40916602
April 14 - Jizan

Attacks on King Khaled air base

November 20: 8th balance of deterrence operation

Saudi response


Operation Breaking The Siege

Iraqi militia

Righteous Promise Brigade

Yemeni missiles and drones

U.N. investigators said the Houthis’ new UAV-X drone, found in recent months during the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen, likely has a range of up to 1,500 kilometers (930 miles).


Displayed at a Saudi military base, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Kalin:

Iranian missiles?

See also Category Yemen: Who are the houthis?: Allegations of Iranian backing
When I was Defense Attaché at the US embassy in Sanaa in the early 80s the YAR army was busy acquiring Soviet SCUDs and seeking to master the art of ballistic missile. They made steady progress while I watched. That progress has continued through the decades and the idea that the aerospace forces that the Houthis are allied with cannot use aerial weapons is simply racism.