On Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Houthis in Yemen claimed that ballistic missile and drone attacks against the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and other regions in the Kingdom, pledging "wider" attacks, according to their military spokesman. </p><div> <p>The Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthis in Yemen announced Saturday that it had intercepted a missile over Riyadh and six drones launched by the Houthis on other regions in the Kingdom.
The Saudi Civil Defense said that “shrapnel was scattered on several residential neighborhoods in separate locations” in Riyadh, explaining that “one of the shrapnel resulted in material damage to a house, without causing human injuries or deaths.”
In a statement carried by Al Masirah TV, which is close to the Houthis supported by Iran, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said on Sunday, “The air force and the missile force are carrying out a large and joint offensive operation towards the Saudi depth.”
He talked about the use of a ballistic missile and 15 drones, including nine aircraft (…) targeting sensitive locations in the enemy’s capital, Riyadh, while the other six targeted “military sites in the regions of Abha and Khamis Mushait,” in the south of the neighboring kingdom.
Saree said that the operation continued “from yesterday evening, Saturday until this morning,” warning that “our operations are continuing and will expand more and more as long as the aggression and siege on our country continues.”
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a military alliance in support of the internationally recognized government, which has been locked in a bloody conflict against the Houthis since they seized the capital, Sanaa, and other areas in 2014.
Several areas in Saudi Arabia are exposed to ballistic missiles and explosive drones launched from Yemen at its airports and oil installations.
The Houthis stepped up their attacks on Saudi Arabia after the United States removed them from the list of terrorist organizations, a step taken by the Donald Trump administration, which humanitarian organizations have warned, saying it harms providing necessary aid to the country mired in war.
The raging war that has lasted for six years in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, which has caused the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, according to the United Nations.
The Biden administration announced the end of US support for the offensive operations led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, while the new president stressed that the war “has caused a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” stressing that “it must end.”
The attacks against Saudi Arabia come at a time when fierce battles continue in Marib, in northern Yemen, between forces loyal to the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels seeking to control the last strongholds of power in the northern poorest countries of the Arabian Peninsula.
“We note once again to all residents of those areas to stay away from all military sites and airports or that may be used for military purposes,” Saree said.