Yemeni forces have reportedly fired a Ballistic Missile at Riyadh before Trump's official visit to Saudi Arabia. The attack was reported on Friday night by Al-Masira news, saying that the missile strike was a statement from Yemen that they are ready to respond to Saudi aggression.

Did the missile cause large-scale damage in Riyadh?

According to the Saudi military, they have intercepted a missile about 200 km west of Riyadh. This is the only official statement released by the Saudi government as it refrained from disclosing damage reports and possible casualty caused by the missile strike.

The Yemeni forces, on the other hand, announced that they had launched a Borkan-2 missile, a locally modified rocket. Their aim was to damage King Salman Airbase located within Riyadh. Yemeni military forces further added that this was in retaliation of Saudi Arabia's hand in perpetrating the murderous war in Yemen.

The Yemeni army also boasted that they have more than one hundred missiles of various kinds ready to strike key strategic locations in Riyadh.

Yemeni fighters think Trump's deal is supporting the war against them

The United States had signed a massive $100 billion single-sale arms deal with Saudi Arabia. It entails the U.S. Military selling Riyadh the famous THAAD anti-missile defense system and Raytheon-built Patriot missiles.

This will undoubtedly boost the military capabilities of Saudi Arabia, which is bad news for Yemen.

Saudi Arabia had been bombing Yemen due to the rise to power of the Houthis, which is an Iranian-backed group in Yemen that is slowly gaining power. The Saudi government doesn't want Yemen to be influenced by Iran thus started helping forces that are fighting against the Houthis.

The proxy war between Saudi and Iran in Yemen had claimed thousands of lives already, and this will be magnified once Riyadh gets the military boost from the U.S.

What will be the effect of Saudi's deal with the United States in the Middle East?

The U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes a plethora of weapons, but its highlight is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, which can intercept missiles coming from Yemen.

The United States also signed an arms deal with the UAE, which is allied with Saudi Arabia. The White House approved a $2 billion arms sale to the United Arab Emirates, which includes Patriot missiles capable of striking targets in Yemen. With these two massive deals, The United States have effectively bolstered its regional allies strong enough to halt Iranian influence from spreading in the Persian Gulf.

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