Houthi Missile Strikes in Red Sea, Khamis Mushait, Jizan

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On June 13, Houthi militants struck a naval vessel belonging to the United Arab Emirates with two missiles in the Red Sea. The strike occurred as Houthi forces attempted to deter an amphibious assault by Saudi-led coalition forces moving on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. Reports about the missile strike conflict, as pro-coalition sources claim no damage to the ship and one casualty, while pro-Houthi sources say the ship was sunk.

On June 14, Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) reportedly intercepted a Houthi missile targeting the southern city of Khamis Mushait. The missile was launched from Yemen’s Saada province. Spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis Col. Turki Al Malki alleged the missile deliberately targeted civilians in the city, while Houthi media sources claim the missile targeted King Khalid Air Force Base outside the city. The Badr-1 short range ballistic missile (SRBM) was intercepted outside the city with no casualties.

Pro-Houthi media reported that a Badr-1 missile launched on June 17 struck a Saudi military camp in Jizan province, Saudi Arabia, causing multiple casualties and extensive damage to military equipment. The official Saudi Press Agency reported this claim was false, saying the missile caused only one injury.

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Jenevieve Molenda, "Houthi Missile Strikes in Red Sea, Khamis Mushait, Jizan," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 18, 2018, last modified June 18, 2018, https://missilethreat.csis.org/houthi-missile-strikes-in-red-sea-khamis-mushait-jizan/.