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Yemeni drones target Saudi's Najran airport in fresh attack

A Yemeni domestically-developed Qasef-2 (Striker-2) drone

Saudi Arabia's Najran airport has once again come under attack by the Yemeni army and fighters of Popular Committees, who have been conducting regular missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia in retaliation for a years-long deadly war by the kingdom and its allies.

During the attack on Thursday, Yemeni forces, led by the Houthi Ansarullah movement, flew domestically-developed Qasef-2 (Striker-2) drones to take out aircraft hangars and other strategic positions inside the Saudi airport.

The airport in the southwestern Najran province near the border with Yemen has become a favorite target for the Yemeni resistance forces, who have over the past months inflicted major damage on the Saudi coalition using a formidable arsenal of homegrown missiles and drones.

Yemeni forces have also carried out similar attacks against an airport in the neighboring Abha province, bringing air traffic to a halt on multiple occasions.

The Yemeni missiles and drones have gone even deeper inside the kingdom, causing considerable damage at various Saudi oil facilities as well as the King Khalid airport in the capital Riyadh.

The retaliatory attacks pale in comparison to the kingdom's brutal aerial, maritime and ground operations that have directly targeted Yemeni civilians several times a day since the beginning of the war in March 2015.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was the kingdom's defense minister at the time before rising to power as Crown Prince in 2017, pledged a coalition of allies, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, that the war would be over in a matter of weeks.

Four years later, however, the coalition is far away from reinstating Yemen's fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi or destroying the Houthis, the two declared objectives of the war.

The war has severely damaged Saudi Arabia's global image as well, scaring off some foreign investors.

The UN has called the war the worst ever man-made crisis, as it has killed 91,000 Yemenis and injured thousands more, according to the US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).

The conflict, coupled with an ongoing aerial and maritime blockade on Yemen, has also prevented foreign aid from entering the impoverished country, which has lost much of its critical infrastructure in targeted Saudi attacks.

Saudi Arabia has been using weapons mainly provided by American, British and French companies in defiance of international calls to end arms deals with the Riyadh regime.

The drone attacks by Yemeni forces on Thursday followed several missile strikes they had carried out against Saudi and Emirati military forces and mercenaries inside both Yemeni and Saudi territories.

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