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EOS Alerts 11-6-2019

Saudi Arabia: Houthis Launch Weaponised Drones into Saudi Arabia

On 10 June at approximately 2100 LT, Saudi-led coalition air defences downed two Yemeni Houthi rebel military-grade weaponised drones targeting King Khaled Airbase (OEKM/KMX) in Khamis Mushait, Asir Province located in the southwest of the Kingdom. Houthi-run Arabic-language al-Masirah TV reported that the drones used were Qasef K-2. The Saudi-led coalition likely employed a US-made MIM-104 Patriot conventional surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to complete the engagements. In a brief statement released early on Tuesday by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition reported that the drone intercepts caused no damage and resulted in no casualties.

These latest intercepts come after the Houthis claimed to have conducted a weaponised drone attack targeting Jizan Airport (OEGN/GIZ) on 8 June. The Saudi-led coalition has not issued a statement on the alleged incident to date.

Houthi forces will likely continue to fire missiles, rockets and drones towards targets in Saudi Arabia. However, successful launches are rare. Saudi defence forces have sound countermeasures in place to intercept projectiles and are typically successful at neutralising threats to civilian or military interests. This said, these systems should never be viewed as completely reliable due to possible technical faults and the potential for human error. Avoid travelling within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, including to the cities of Jizan and Najran and Asir.

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