Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Houthis in Yemen threaten missiles that can reach Eilat

The Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, formally known as the Ansar Allah movement, has threatened to develop and use missiles that can reach critical oil installations all over Saudi Arabia - and Eilat in Israel, as well.

A member of the Ansar Allah movement’s political bureau, Abd al-Wahhab al-Mahbashi, said in an interview with al-Mayadeen that Yemen is working on developing a cruise missile with a range to reach all Aramco oil sites in Saudi Arabia and will have a range to hit Eilat. 

This is not an empty boast. On Sunday, a Houthi cruise missile accurately hit an oil facility in Jeddah, causing damage. That is 400 miles from the closest part of Yemen. 

Eilat is about a thousand miles from Yemen. It is clear that the Houthis are using Iranian-designed (or Iranian-manufactured) missiles against Saudi Arabia. 

The Quds-2 missile that hit Jeddah is probably related to the Iranian-designed Quds-1 missile that has hit oil facilities last year. 

Beyond the worries about a new front against Israel, Iran almost certainly would like for Hezbollah,  Islamic Jihad or Hamas to have these cruise missiles as well, which could accurately target any point in Israel from Gaza or Lebanon. 

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