Yemen Update: June 27-August 25

Between July 27-August 25, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) reported nine Houthi ballistic missile attacks and at least 13 UAV launches. Of these, an MRBM attack on August 1 against a military base by Aden was the most consequential, killing around 40 people and wounding dozens more.

Below is a summary of these reported events. 

August 25

Houthi militants reportedly fired 10 Badr-1 short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) targeting Jizan airport. KSA said it successfully intercepted six ballistic missiles, and made no mention of the other four.

Houthis ‘fire 10 ballistic missiles’ at Saudi airport, Al Jazeera
Coalition destroys missiles fired by Houthis at Saudi Arabia: spokesman, Reuters
Arab Coalition intercepts, destroys six Houthi missiles fired toward Jazan, Al Arabiya

August 21

Houthi air defenses reportedly intercepted a U.S. MQ-9 “Reaper” drone flying over Yemen’s northern city of Dhamar.

Yemen Rebel Group Claims It Shot Down U.S. Drone With a Missile, Time
Houthi rebels claim to down Reaper drone in Yemen, US investigating, Military Times

August 17

A Houthi-launched armed-UAV struck a Saudi Aramco oil and gas field in Shaybah in southeast Saudi Arabia, close to the UAE border. The attack resulted in a “limited fire.”

Drone attack by Yemen rebels sparks fire in Saudi oil field, Al Jazeera

August 8 

KSA air defenses intercepted two Houthi drones. One UAV was fired from Sanaa province and targeted Abha. Another drone was launched from Amran province and targeted Jizan.

Coalition forces bring down Houthi rebel drones targeting Abha and Jizan, The National
Coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia from Yemen, Arab News

August 7

Houthi militants fired a ballistic missile from a local market in al-Hajjah governorate. According to KSA, the missile fell within the same governorate, and likely failed. The intended target is unclear. 

Coalition forces bring down Houthi rebel drones targeting Abha and Jizan, The National
Coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia from Yemen, Arab News

August 1

Houthi militants fired an unidentified medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM), striking an Arab Coalition airbase near Aden during a military parade. The attack killed around 40 people and wounded dozens more. On the same day, Houthis fighters fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia’s port city of Dammam.

Yemen’s Houthis Claim Responsibility for Missile Strike on Saudi-Coalition Airbase, Voice of America
Yemeni rebels claim ballistic missile attack against Dammam, Jane’s

July 23 

KSA air defenses reportedly intercept a Houthi-launched drone targeting Asir. 

Arab Coalition intercepts, shoots down Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia’s Asir, Arab News

July 20 

KSA forces reportedly destroyed five Houthi air defense sites and ballistic missile depots around Sanaa. The Coalition also intercepted a Houthi drone launched from Amran governorate and targeting Abha. 

Saudi Coalition Says it Destroyed Houthi Ballistic Missiles Around Yemeni Capital, Voice of America
Arab coalition targets six Houthi air defense, ballistic missile sites in Sanaa, Arab News
Arab Coalition downs Houthi drone headed toward Abha, Al Arabiya

July 17 

KSA intercepted a Houthi-launched UAV targeting Jizan in southern Saudi Arabia.

Arab coalition targets six Houthi air defense, ballistic missile sites in Sanaa, Arab News

July 16

KSA intercepted three drones targeting Jizan and Abha in southern Saudi Arabia.

Arab coalition targets six Houthi air defense, ballistic missile sites in Sanaa, Arab News

July 15

KSA intercepts two UAVs targeting Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia. Houthi reports claim the attack “accurately targeted” a weapons storage site. 

Coalition forces intercept, shoot down two unmanned drones, launched from Sanaa, by Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia, targeting civilian districts, in Khamis Mushait, Joint Command of Coalition Forces “Coalition to Support Legitimacy, in Yemen reports, Saudi Press Agency
Arab coalition targets six Houthi air defense, ballistic missile sites in Sanaa, Arab News

July 8

Saudi Air Defense forces intercepted a Houthi-launched UAV, reportedly targeting the Abha or Jizan airports.

Saudi-led coalition intercepted a Yemeni Houthi drone launched at kingdom: SPA, Reuters

July 5

Arab Coalition air defenses intercepted a Houthi-launched UAV targeting Jizan airport.

Arab Coalition intercepts Houthi drones targeting Saudi Arabia’s Jazan airport, Al Arabiya

July 4

Houthi fighters launched a ballistic missile on Wadi district in southeastern Marib, Yemen. The missile reportedly destroyed the governor’s home and damaged nearby residences.

Houthis taking battle to Saudis with upgraded weapons cache, Al Monitor

June 29

Houthi militants conducted a UAV attack on Jizan airport. KSA claims to have intercepted the drone, which Houthi sources say was a Qasef-2K. A second drone was launched the same day flying towards Asir province but was intercepted by KSA defenses.

Political / Coalition forces lead coalition “Support for Legitimacy in Yemen”: Coalition forces intercept and drop a drone “march” launched by the Huthi-backed terrorist militia from Iran from Sanaa towards Jazan, Saudi Press Agency
Saudi Arabia intercepts two Houthi drones launched into kingdom, Al Jazeera
Al Masira TV, Twitter