Caught On Video: Saudis Intercept Ballistic Missile Shot By Yemen Militants

Royal Saudi Arabia Air Defense forces have shot down a ballistic missile near the border of Yemen over the southern province of Najran on Thursday, reports Arab News.

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Yemen's Shiite rebels say they fired the missile targeting a special forces camp and a facility for helicopter gunships in the Saudi border province of Najran.

The media arm of the rebels, known as the Houthis, said Thursday's projectile was a Qaher 2-M ballistic missile.

 

 

 

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Components of Qaher 2-M ballistic missile shot down

 

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Components of Qaher 2-M ballistic missile shot down

Coloniel Al-Maliki of the Saudi-led coalition confirmed that the missile had been fired towards Najran at a populated civilian area before being intercepted, adding that there was no loss of life or casualties. 

Thursday's missile launch comes approximately a month after reports emerged of a December3rd firing of a cruise missile by Yemeni Houthi rebels toward a nuclear power plant under construction in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The cruise missile has been identified as a “Soumar” missile, an Iranian-modified version of the Soviet-made Kh-55 cruise missile. With an operational range of 2500 km, the Kh-55s are equipped with guidance systems that allow them to maintain an altitude lower than 110 meters from the ground, thereby avoiding radar detection.

Local Yemeni sources confirmed that the cruise missile did not hit the target, having crashed in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf. The UAE stated that it possesses an air defense system capable of dealing with any threat of any type or kind, adding that the nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi was well-protected, state news agency WAM reported on its Twitter account. The crash reasons are still unclear, but most likely it was a technical failure. (South Front)

And on November 30 ballistic missile launch from Yemen, also reportedly intercepted by Saudi air defense forces in the southern city of Khamis Mushait in the south western province of Assir.

 

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The missile attack was the second in November, with the first one intercepted near King khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

Notably, Huthi TV claimed that the missile "hit the target"...

 

Huthi rebels fired a ballistic missile today that hit a military target in Saudi Arabia, rebel media in Yemen said, after the leader of the group threatened Riyadh with retaliation over a blockade.

"We confirm the success of our ballistic missile trial, which hit its military target inside Saudi Arabia," the Huthi-run Al-Masira television channel said.

Earlier, rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi warned against "prolonging the blockade" imposed on Yemen following a November 4 Huthi missile attack that was intercepted near Riyadh international airport.

Arab news reports that Houthi aggression toward Saudi Arabia has increased in recent months, causing "a global outcry with a number of countries and organizations condemning the launch of ballistic missiles targeting the Kingdom." 

The same outlet also claims that "Houthi militias have threatened to cut off Red Sea shipping routes, with Yemeni minister Abdul-Raqib Fat’h calling it a “flagrant” challenge to the rule of law."

Saudi-led coalition forces and their Yemeni allies last year regained control of several strategic ports, waging an assault against the Houthis. The Saudi Navy has also engaged in numerous mine-sweeping missions on Yemeni shores, amid warnings over explosives planted by the militias.

Comments

Moe-Monay Truther Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:02 Permalink

Jugger - you make the mistake of thinking Saudi is run by Saudis.

My work suggests the royal family is more window dressing.  The place is run by the CIA.  No lessons needed under that scenario.

Explains why we could loot them for 40 years.  They come up near broke when the should have trillions.  There are only so many ways to explain this.

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Cognitive Dissonance eforce Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

Just because a missile is fired, then explodes at some point in the air doesn't mean it actually hit its intended target.

Just sayin'

Missile 'defense' is much more about public relations than it is actual defense.

During the SECOND Iraq invasion Iraq was firing off missiles at Israel, who claimed they shot down many of those missiles. Only later was it admitted those mid air explosions seen on TV were the interceptors exploding in air after missing the target, then raining burning pieces down upon the population.

We were shown photographic evidence of those pieces as proof the bad missiles were shot down.

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WTFUD Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:07 Permalink

I'm impatiently waiting for Russia to attack a half dozen of those US/IS bases in Syria on which the Turks kindly provided the coordinates.

Quid Pro Quo, MoFo's. 

Vageling wethecom Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:31 Permalink

You mean those expensive "fireworks arrows" that seem to chase imaginary things to blow up? Yeah, I heard about it. You only see their missile but never the ones they're supposed to neutralize. Hamas must have some seriously advanced stealth rockets. Just like that stealth shit on the USS Zumwalt. Klingon shit... Our eyes can't see it. 

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Vageling Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

"Arab news reports that Houthi aggression toward Saudi Arabia has increased in recent months, causing "a global outcry with a number of countries and organizations condemning the launch of ballistic missiles targeting the Kingdom." 

 

That's rich. Most would like to see Saudia Barbaria burn.  At least that's the word on the street. But I guess the #fakenews knows better. Guess that "dear leader" Mopussy Bin Salmon need to shake down more people. He needs better mercenaries because he can't defeat them and now acts like a fucking pussy in his victim role. You bomb them raghead and they'll try to bomb you. So your overpaid toy from the MIC worked. Or so you claim. I need to feel sorry for those barbarians now? Fuck Saudi Barbaria and fuck those so called kingdom. 

MrBoompi Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:49 Permalink

They promise the missile was not fired, of course with plenty of advance warning, by their own forces.  And look at the parts!  Obviously fired by the Yemeni rebels.  

dunce Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:07 Permalink

So far , so good they are proving our anti missiles systems are working. These low flying missiles are very hard to detect and intercept in the short warning time however low altitude renders them vulnerable to standard anti aircraft fire which is cheap and proven making it possible to deploy a lot of weapons.

dunce Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:07 Permalink

So far , so good they are proving our anti missiles systems are working. These low flying missiles are very hard to detect and intercept in the short warning time however low altitude renders them vulnerable to standard anti aircraft fire which is cheap and proven making it possible to deploy a lot of weapons.