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Strategic briefing | Saudi Arabia | Scenarios for Houthi missile strike

The Houthis fired missiles with greater frequency in 2017. We believe the risk of a ballistic missile attack affecting population centres and commerical interests in Saudi Arabia appears to be rising.

Strategic briefing | Saudi Arabia | Scenarios for Houthi missile strike

Key Findings

  • The Houthi movement in Yemen has targeted strategic sites in the Kingdom more consistently and seemingly more accurately lately. It fired at least 20 missiles from Yemen in 2017, compared with 12 in 2016.
  • The consistency of the Houthi movement's cross-border ballistic missile firings in 2017 indicates an improvement in their capability to deploy systems and launch.
  • While the Houthis have not directly stated their intent to target civilians, attacks so far, including the targeting of a Khalid International Airport on 4 November, show that the group is not actively trying to avoid inflicting casualties.

The assessment is available to download for security professionals. 

Image: Screenshot of video of the purported launch of a ‘Burkan H-2’ ballistic missile on 4 November; Al-Masirah