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Several Yemeni missiles hit targets inside Saudi Arabia

In this file picture, Yemeni forces are seen launching a domestically-manufactured Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile at a military site in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command Center)

Yemeni forces have targeted gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southern province of Najran with several domestically-manufactured missiles.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website, citing a spokesman for the Yemeni army, reported that Yemeni missile defense units hit gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in al-Sadis and al-Soh areas with at least four Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles on Sunday.

It added that the missiles successfully hit their designated targets, leaving an unspecified number of mercenaries either dead or wounded.

Al-Masirah further reported that the Yemeni army’s sniper unit either killed or wounded at least 24 Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Asir.

It added that Yemeni forces managed to seize a base in the same province.

On Saturday, Yemeni forces also hit a newly-built military base in the southern parts of the Saqqam area in Najran with a Badr-F ballistic missile.

A military official told al-Masirah at the time that the missile had successfully hit its designated target and either killed or wounded dozens of Saudi-led mercenaries in the base, which was partly destroyed in the attack.

Yemeni forces regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, which began in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall a former regime and eliminate the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the country along with the armed forces.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

The years-long military aggression has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has warned that more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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