Sana’a (GPA) – In retaliation for the ongoing war against Yemen — which entered its 1,000th day today — Yemeni forces launched a missile at the al Yamamah Palace near Riyadh.
There were no reports of injuries. Al Yamamah Palace is a government building and residence. Saudi government officials planned to meet at the palace this morning. Al Yamamah is also where Saudi King Salman resides. Donald Trump stayed at this palace on his most recent visit to the kingdom.
Yemeni forces selected this location based on the fact that Riyadh targeted Sana’a’s Republican Palace with 10 air strikes after the death of late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saudi officials claimed to have intercepted the missile. As usual, social media debunked this claim with photos and videos proving otherwise. In early November, Riyadh also reported they intercepted the Yemeni missile launched at the King Khalid Airport. Geopolitics Alert quickly debunked the claim and mainstream media has now backed that up.
Yemen’s Missile Force released a statement following the strike stating that this attack “opens a new phase of confrontation” and the “epic steadfastness of the Yemeni people” fighting against Saudi aggression. The statement said that the blood of the Yemeni people will not go in vain.
In the past 1,000 days, Saudi military operations against the Yemeni people have killed over 13,000 men, women, and children. The siege and blockade have triggered a cholera outbreak completely unprecedented in modern times. Over seven million Yemenis face famine and another 17 million face food insecurity. These numbers are always rising and the war shows no sign of slowing down.
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, leader of Yemen’s resistance, spoke today marking the passing of the war against Yemen’s 1,000th day. He praised the steadfastness and courageousness of the Yemeni people for humiliating Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their quest to conquer Yemen. Al-Houthi said the aggression has done everything in their power to crush Yemen’s resistance and independence. He also said that the Saudi and UAE regimes are nothing but a tool in the hands of the America and Israel.
Since the beginning of the war, Yemen’s Sana’a-based government has expanded its independent military capabilities. Yemeni forces are now capable of producing long-range and medium-range ballistic missiles. Sana’a also has a specialized sniper unit and has improved its naval abilities. Over the summer, Yemen’s Defense Ministry also unveiled a line of domestically made long-range high-powered rifles.
Western governments insist that Iran supplies Ansarullah with weapons. However, the former President Saleh was a close ally of George Bush during the “War on Terror” and received considerable military aid. In the past decades, Sana’a also received military equipment from the Soviet Union and DPRK. This stockpile of weapons along with ingenuity and motivation has allowed Yemen to expand its defense capability and missile program.
Below is footage of the missile launch and evidence that the missile hit its target.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.