The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, has taken control of at least two Saudi army bases in the border province of Jizan as Riyadh continues its military aggression against the impoverished Arab nation.
Local media reports said on Sunday that the Yemeni forces also seized three Saudi tanks and destroyed several other armored vehicles in retaliatory attacks in the same troubled region. One Saudi tank was also reportedly destroyed in the offensive.
The Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television posted video footage showing the destruction of Saudi tanks and heavy military equipment in the al-Jarrah area of Jizan.
On Saturday, Ansarullah fighters and allied army units downed an Apache helicopter belonging to the United Arab Emirates in southern Yemen. A day earlier, they had downed a Saudi Apache chopper with a surface-to-air missile.
Yemeni forces have been pounding Saudi positions since the kingdom launched its deadly offensive in late March.
Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman, a Yemeni army spokesman, vowed on Sunday a powerful military counteraction by targeting airports and ports across Saudi Arabia.
In a separate development, Yemeni forces flushed out al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and militants loyal to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi from several areas of southwestern Ta’izz Province.
This as Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombardment of Yemen has worsened the humanitarian situation in the poor Arab nation. The war on Yemen is about to enter its sixth month. Millions of Yemenis are in urgent need of basic supplies.
Yemeni security sources say Saudi Arabia has deployed a second convoy of armored vehicles and military hardware along the Wadiah border crossing in the central province of Ma'rib in a bid to open a new front against the Yemeni forces.
Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Over 4,300 people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict, the World Health Organization said on August 11. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.