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Casualties reported as Yemeni forces launch retaliatory drone attack on Abha airport

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)
Picture taken on June 13, 2019 shows the control tower at the Abha airport in the southwestern Saudi Arabian region of Asir. (Photo by AFP)

Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement has launched new retaliatory strikes against neighboring Saudi Arabia, avenging an ongoing invasion of the impoverished country by the kingdom and its allies.

The latest counterraids came in early Tuesday, leaving several people injured, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

The army and allied Ansarullah fighters targeted a hangar for military warplanes in Abha airport in southwestern Asir province which borders Yemen. 

Saudi media said nine people were injured in the attack, including one Indian.

Last time, al-Masirah reported on Saturday that the airport as well as another one in the neighboring Jizan region had come under Houthi counterattacks using Qassif K2 drones.

Houthis and their allies have ramped up their counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia to force Riyadh and its allies to stop the 2015-present onslaught.

Tens of thousands have died and the entire country been pushed close to the brink of outright famine during the invasion.

The military aggression, which recruits the United Arab Emirates and many other countries among the kingdom’s friendly states, seeks to restore Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied officials.

The United States and its most prominent Western allies, including the UK and France, heavily arm the Saudi-led coalition, despite outspoken criticism of the invasion by international human rights bodies.

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