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Yemeni forces launch drone attack on Saudi airport

Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces

Yemen’s army and popular committees have carried out a drone attack on Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia in retaliation for Saudi-led strikes on their country.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said that the attack had targeted a “sensitive site” at Abha airport on Friday afternoon.

He added that a Qasef-2k UAV had been used in the strike, which hit the target accurately.

Saree said the attack was a legitimate response to Saudi Arabia’s escalating aggression against Yemen.

On Thursday, Yemen’s air force successfully targeted warplane hangars at Jizan Airport also located in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a brutal war on Yemen in March 2015. The war was launched to suppress an uprising that had toppled a Riyadh-friendly regime.

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.

The United Nations (UN) says more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger. The world body also refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

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