A ‘suicide drone’ launched by Houthi rebels was blown out of the sky after a Saudi F-15 jet intercepted it in a mountainous area.
Video footage taken by soldiers shows the Qased series drone flying high in the air, with only the sound of the machine’s engine being heard.
Within seconds, a missile is seen hitting the drone and exploding in nearby skies.
The force of the explosion damages the suicide drone and knocks it out of the air, causing it to fall to the ground.
A Qased series drone, piloted by Houthi rebels, flies high in the sky as a missile chases at speed to intercept it. The missile then detonates in the airspace next to the ‘suicide drone’ and knocks it out of the sky
Shortly after, a Saudi F-15 fighter jet, which fired the intercepting missile, is seen through the air where the drone had just been.
It is currently unknown when and where the dramatic recordings were made.
This isn’t the first time drones launched by Houthi rebels have been intercepted by Saudi Arabia, and the Qasef series suicide drones have been actively used by the group for a few years now.
Last month, Saudi Arabia confirmed it had intercepted a missile strike on its capital on Saturday, as well as bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province.
The attack was the latest in a series of airborne attacks it has blamed on Iranian-allied Houthis rebels in Yemen’s civil war.
The Saudi-led military coalition that fought in Yemens’ years of war announced last month that the Iran-allied Houthis had launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh and three trapped drones towards Jizan province.
After the explosion, a cloud of smoke lingers in the air and the drone starts to crash to the ground. Moments later, a Saudi F-15 fighter jet is spotted in the sky
A fourth trapped drone was fired at another southwestern city, and other drones were under surveillance. Initially, no casualties or damage were reported. There was no immediate comment from the Houthis.
In addition, the Houthi rebels have also claimed responsibility for a drone attack on a Saudi airport in which a passenger jet went up in flames.
According to the kingdom’s state television, the group allegedly attacked Abha International Airport in the southwest of the country, causing a passenger plane to catch fire on the tarmac.
The Iranian-backed Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after, with military spokesman Yehia Sareai saying the group had used four bomb-laden drones to hit Abha airport.
“This target is in response to the ongoing aerial bombardment and brutal siege of our country,” Sareai said, noting that the Houthis view the airport as a military and not a civilian target.
In 2019, another airport was hit by a missile fired by Houthi rebels, injuring 26 people.
According to the kingdom’s state television, the group allegedly attacked Abha International Airport in the southwest of the country, causing a passenger plane to catch fire on the tarmac. Pictured: This image, taken by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media on Feb. 10, reportedly shows a view of the damaged fuselage of a Flyadeal Airbus A320-21
Saudi officials said the missile hit the airport arrivals hall in the mountain resort of Abha, injuring passengers of various nationalities.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen immediately blamed Iran, saying Tehran had equipped the rebel group with “ advanced weapons. ”
A rebel TV network acknowledged the attack, saying Houthi forces fired a cruise missile.
In November 2017, the Houthis targeted Riyadh International Airport.
Saudi officials later blamed Iran for supplying the missile to the Houthis used in the process and for other attacks on the kingdom amid the all-out war against the rebels.
Tehran has long denied providing weapons to the Houthis, although evidence and reports from United Nations experts show that weapons link back to Iran.
Pictured: The damaged Kurais facility that was the target of a missile strike in 2019. Houthi rebels initially claimed responsibility for the attack, but the US has since blamed Iran, with reports from last year suggesting that a mechanism was recovered from the drones was the same as previously seen in an Iran-made vessel
Last year, two reports concluded that drones used to attack a Saudi oil refinery in 2019 came from Iran, after it was determined that gyroscopes recovered from the wreckage of the drones were the same as those found in Iran. crafted vessels.
Houthi rebels had initially claimed responsibility for the attack, but the US government later blamed Iran for the attack.
The instrument recovered from the drone tied Iran to the attack that briefly halved Saudi Arabia’s oil production and saw energy prices rise at levels unseen since the 1991 Gulf War.
The coalition led by the US and Saudi Arabia has long said that Iran is supplying weapons to the Houthis, ranging from assault rifles to the ballistic missiles fired at the kingdom.
The two reports linked Iran to the arming of the rebel Houthis in Yemen’s long civil war, which the country had long denied.
Iran also denied participating in the Saudi attack, but has increasingly promoted its influence over the Houthis.
President Joe Biden announced last month that he was ending US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including ‘relevant’ arms sales, but stressed that the US would continue to help Saudi Arabia defend itself against outside attacks.
The president has also rescinded the listing of the Houthi rebels as a terrorist group, a move that harked back to one of Donald Trump’s last acts as president.
The Houthis captured the capital of Yemen and much of the north of the country in 2014, forcing the government into exile and, months later, prompting Saudi Arabia and its allies to launch a bombing campaign.