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Yemeni forces capture strategic Saudi-held base in Ta'izz

Yemeni Ansarullah fighters chant slogans during a gathering to show support for the Houthi movement in Sana’a, Yemen, on December 10, 2015. ©AP

Yemeni soldiers backed by Houthi Ansarullah fighters have captured a strategic military base used by Saudi forces in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

In retaliation against Riyadhs ongoing campaign, Yemeni forces launched an attack on the al-Sidrah military base in the Waziʼiyah district of Ta’izz on Sunday, killing a number of Saudi forces and destroying their vehicles.

In another development, the Yemeni army fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile at the Khaled bin Abdulaziz base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, located about 884 kilometers (549 miles) southwest of the capital, Riyadh.

The army also foiled the advance of the Saudi-backed militiamen in Ta’izz and killed over a dozen of them. In the al-Shateri district of the province, Yemeni forces destroyed a Saudi tank, killed two Saudi forces and injured six others.

Also on Sunday, Yemeni forces launched missile attacks on the Saudi-held Sahn al-Jin military base in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib. At least five Saudi forces were killed and 15 others wounded in the strikes.

Saudi attacks on Yemen

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes bombarded the Dhahyan district of the northwestern province of Sa’ada. Yemen’s al-Masirah news channel reported that three civilians lost their lives in the airstrikes.

Yemeni men clear the debris following a Saudi airstrike in the capital, Sana’a, November 29, 2015. © AFP

Saudi jets also pounded the Mukha district of Ta’izz, killing four civilians and injuring several others.

In the Harad district of Hajjah Province, a similar airstrike killed a dozen people and injured 20 others.

In another Saudi airstrike on the coastal areas of the Khawkhah district of Yemen’s western city of Hudaydah, five fishermen were killed and 30 fishing boats were destroyed.

Separately, Saudi missile attacks targeted the Hidan district of Sa’ada, and the Jabal al-Atan district of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since the Saudi airstrikes began on March 26. The Saudi campaign has taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s facilities and infrastructure.

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