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Yemeni forces launch Scud missile at Saudi military base

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A still image taken from footage by Yemeni media shows a Scud missile as it is fired at a Saudi target. (File photo)

Yemeni army soldiers backed by Popular Committees have fired a Scud ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in retaliation for Riyadh’s unrelenting military campaign against its impoverished Arab neighbor.

On Thursday morning, the Yemeni troopers and their allied forces fired the missile from an area in the vicinity of the capital, Sana’a, at the Khaled bin Abdulaziz base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, located 884 kilometers (549 miles) southwest of the capital, Riyadh, according to Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network.

There were no immediate reports on whether or not the missile hit its target or caused any casualties.

The development came only hours after Yemeni soldiers destroyed a Saudi armored vehicle in the al-Khobe district of the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan. An unspecified number of Saudi soldiers were killed as a result.

Yemenis stand around a crater caused by Saudi airstrikes in the capital, Sana’a, October 1, 2015. (Photo by AFP)


Yemen’s Defense Ministry announced late on Wednesday that Yemeni troops and Popular Committee fighters had fired at least 26 mortar rounds and five rockets at a camp for Saudi border guards in the al-Rahwa Village as well as a military base in the al-Rabu’ah town in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir region. No reports on possible casualties and the extent of damage were immediately available.

Earlier on Wednesday, Yemeni army forces and their allies repelled an attack by militiamen loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Five civilians, including three children, lost their lives as Saudi fighter jets pounded an area in Yemen’s northwestern city of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Sana’a. Three other people also sustained injuries in the attack.

Smoke billows from buildings after Saudi airstrikes on some warehouses at the al-Dailami airbase, north of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, September 29, 2015. (Photo by AFP)


Yemen has been under military strikes by Saudi Arabia on a daily basis since March 26. The strikes are supposedly meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

About 6,400 people have reportedly lost their lives in the Saudi strikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since March. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, 505 children are among the fatalities.

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