Iran sent drones used by Yemen’s Houthis to strike Saudi Arabia via the UAE and Oman, a British intelligence organisation has revealed.
In a report quoted by IranWire, Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which specialises in tracking armament, said that Iran sent drones to Yemen via UAE and Omani territories and that the Houthis used them to hit Saudi missile defence system radars.
Tehran supplied the Houthis with Iranian manufactured Qasef-1 and Ababil-II drones, CAR added, with specialists examining the remnants of another drone used to hit the missile defence system radars in Saudi Arabia and confirming they were manufactured by Iran as well.
The drones cost no more than $10,000, CAR’s Tim Michetti noted, however they cause great losses to Patriot missile defence systems which cost millions of dollars.
Michetti firmly refuted Houthi claims of manufacturing the drones themselves and denying that they were Iranian.
The CAR experts also confirmed that Iran transported the drones to Dubai and then Oman and that they were then taken from there by ground into Yemen.