Yemen’s dominant Houthi group and its army allies fired a Scud missile at Saudi Arabia which the kingdom said it shot down on Saturday, in a major escalation of two months of war.
In the first reported use of a ballistic missile in the conflict, the Scud was fired on Saturday morning at the city of Khamees Mushait in the kingdom’s southwest and was intercepted by two Patriot missiles, a statement by the Saudi military said.
The area is home to the largest air force base in southern Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, but there are no oil facilities in the vicinity.
That’s something of an escalation. Not that the SCUD is a particularly significant military weapon, at least when equipped with a conventional warhead.
Saudi Arabia has been targeting the Yemini stockpiles of SCUDS in an attempt to preclude this, but apparently haven’t managed to get all of them. Of course, that’s exactly why they invested so heavily in the Patriot missile system.