Saudi Desalination Plant Struck by Missile from Yemen, U.S. Drone Shot Down – Reports

A Saudi desalination plant was struck by a missile that appeared to come from within Yemen, according to reports.

Hours after the statements from U.S. officials, Saudi Arabia confirmed the missile strike, saying it caused no damage or casualties, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Shortly after the strike was made apparent, senior U.S. officials met at the White House Wednesday night, a White House official confirmed to CBS News.

The White House also said President Trump has been briefed on the details the missile strike in Saudi Arabia.

“The President has been briefed on the reports of a missile strike in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday. “We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies.”

According to Reuters, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said they had struck “a power station in Al-Shuqaiq city,” in the Saudi province of Jizan, with a cruise missile. Reuters citied information from the Houthi-affiliated outlet Al Masirah TV.

RQ-4 Global Hawk. (U.S. Air Force photos/TOMMIE HORTON)

RQ-4 Global Hawk. (U.S. Air Force photos/TOMMIE HORTON)

The U.S. also said that Iran had shot down a U.S. drone over international waters on Wednesday. Iran claims that the drone had violated Iranian airspace.

The US military drone shot down by Iran was an RQ-4A Global Hawk, US Central Command said in a statement Thursday.

President Trump Tweeted this morning, “Iran has made a very big mistake!”