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Yemeni army strikes Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport in retaliatory drone attack

This file picture provided by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command Center shows a domestically-designed and manufactured Qasef-1 (Striker-1) combat drone.

Yemeni armed forces have launched a fresh retaliatory attack against Saudi Arabia, targeting Abha International Airport in southwestern region of Asir by a squadron of domestically-manufactured Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) combat drones.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said on Sunday that the unmanned aerial vehicles struck the designated targets with great precision, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported. 

He added that the airstrikes come within Yemen’s legitimate right to respond to the Saudi devastating war and all-out blockade. 

Earlier in the day, Yemeni forces launched drone attacks on King Khalid Air Base in Saudi Arabia’s same troubled province in retaliation for the kingdom’s aggression on their impoverished country. Saree said several Qasef-K2 (Striker-K2) combat drones targeted the air base near the city of Khamis Mushait on Sunday morning, hitting military positions. 

In recent months, Yemeni soldiers and allied forces from the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement have carried out such strikes deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to Riyadh regime’s aggression and siege. 

The Yemeni armed forces have time and again stressed that such retaliatory attacks would continue as long as the kingdom presses ahead with its military aggression, siege and airstrikes against the war-torn Arab country. 

Separately, the Foreign Ministry of Yemen’s National Salvation Government on Sunday said that the Saudi-led mercenaries loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur were closely working with al-Qaeda and the Daesh Takfiri terrorists. 

The ministry, in two separate identical letters addressed to the United Nations and the UN Security Council, elaborated on clean-up operations carried out by the Yemeni armed forces and allied fighters from the Popular Committees against al-Qaeda and Daesh terror cells in the central province of Bayda. 

The letters emphasized that there were foreign nationals, mostly Saudi citizens, among the militant commanders and combatants slain in the operations. 

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to subdue an uprising that toppled a regime friendly to Riyadh. Ansarullah, backed by armed forces, has been valorously defending Yemen against the alliance. 

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years. 

More than half of Yemen’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the Saudi war, which is supported militarily by the UK, the US and several other Western countries. 

The United Nations says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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