The Yemeni army fired a ‘Qaher-1’ ballistic missile, hitting the positions of the coalition forces in Saud Arabia’s southwestern border city of Najran, the Yemen News Agency quoted a Yemeni military source as saying.
Possible death toll and the extent of damage inflicted upon Saudi troops and military bases is not known yet.
The military source said that in another operation by the Yemeni Army in Shabwah Governorate, 45 Saudis were killed and 7 vehicles belonging to them were destroyed.
Qaher-1, which has a range of 500 kilometers, was first fired by the Yemeni Army at the Khaled bin Abdulaziz military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, located 884 kilometers (549 miles) southwest of the capital, Riyadh.
Yemeni Ansarullah movement’s technicians have produced the new surface-to-surface ballistic missile after making major alterations to the Russian-made S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile system.
The military innovation came after Ansarullah forces realized that the S-75 missiles cannot be efficiently utilized for targeting the advanced military warplanes belonging to a Saudi-led military coalition, which have been pounding Yemen for about a year.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been launching deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Nearly 9,400 Yemenis, including 4,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.