A “precision” Scud missile reportedly struck a military camp about 24 miles west of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last night at around 8 p.m. GMT. The Houthis claimed it was a “test” and were ecstatic that their missile capability now has the Saudi capital within range. The incident is being reported by media from regional Arabic news services.
The Saudi government allegedly downplayed the event by calling it a “meteor” and denying that the missile hit the camp. It is the second time a Houthi missile has struck Saudi soil in the span of a week. No casualty figures have been released.
A Houthi spokesman tweeted:
The Business Standard reported,
According to Al-Masdar News, the Houthi rebels reportedly announced the successful launch of a variant of Russian Scud-type missile known as “Borkan” at around 8:00 p.m. GMT.
Yemen’s SABA News agency quoted a Houthi spokesperson announcing the attack as a “successful test-fire on a precision long-distance ballistic missile.”
“We stress that the capital of [expletive] Saudi Arabia is now in the range of our missiles and, God willing, what is coming will be greater,” a statement from the Houthi Government said.
Saudi Minister of Defence, Mohammad bin Salman, was at a meeting with Yemeni President Hadi at the time of the attack.
Another media outlet, The New Arab reported that Saudi is attempting to cover-up the attack, saying that the sound of the explosion in Riyadh was an earthquake or meteor.
The Houthis released a video on Sunday night appears to show a underground stash of SCUD missiles.
Houthis in Yemen have shot missiles at US ships, tried to hit Mecca with the SCUDs, and in general caused chaos in the region. Some analysts say that North Korea has supplied the SCUD missiles, even though Iran has backed the Houthis and Iranian weapons have been seized by US ships previously.
Where is the Houthi launcher(s)? Do they have more than one? Many questions for Coalition members and military analysts to work on.