The Houthi government in Sanaa announced on Tuesday that it has launched drones and missiles against Israel in order to show support for the Palestinian cause, and it intends to continue doing so. One of the missiles flew over Saudi Arabia, prompting the kingdom’s air defenses to be put on high alert.
Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, stated, “Our Armed Forces launched a large batch of ballistic and cruise missiles and a large number of drones at various targets of the Israeli enemy in the occupied territories.” He declared that this was the third operation in support of the Palestinians and confirmed that more strikes can be expected until the Israeli aggression ceases.
According to Saree, Yemen engaged in this campaign due to religious, moral, humanitarian, and national responsibility, as well as in response to the demands of the Yemeni people and the demands of free peoples worldwide. Yemen seeks to provide relief to the oppressed people in Gaza.
Saree emphasized that Yemen’s position on the Palestinian issue is firm and principled. The Yemeni people believe that the Palestinians have the full right to self-defense in their pursuit of legitimate rights.
In recent weeks, the Israeli military has deployed ground troops in Gaza after weeks of airstrikes and artillery assaults in its ongoing conflict with Hamas, a Palestinian militant group. Hamas was responsible for an incursion into Israeli settlements on October 7.
The impact of Tuesday’s missile and drone strike is still unknown. One missile crashed in the deserts of Jordan, causing no casualties or damage. However, the significance lies in the fact that, for the first time, these missiles flew over Saudi Arabia, leading the kingdom to activate its air defenses. Saudi Arabia has been engaged in a conflict with the Houthi rebels since 2015, accusing them of acting as proxies for Iran. Earlier this year, it seemed that peace may be possible between the two sides, following a Chinese-mediated deal between Riyadh and Tehran.
Earlier this month, the US Navy claimed to have shot down several missiles and drones fired towards Israel over the Red Sea. However, there was no direct attribution of these attacks to Yemen by the Pentagon.
In conclusion, the Houthi government in Yemen has expressed its support for the Palestinian cause by launching missiles and drones at Israeli targets. This marks the third operation in support of the Palestinians and Yemen intends to continue these strikes until the Israeli aggression ends. The missile and drone strike on Tuesday flew over Saudi Arabia, causing the kingdom to activate its air defenses. The impact of the strike is still unclear and further developments in the conflict between Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Israel are anticipated.