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Yemeni military says it targeted Aramco oil facility, sensitive targets in SE Saudi Arabia

The file photo shows an exhibition of Yemeni defense equipment.

The Yemeni military says its missile force and air force have carried out a joint operation using eleven missiles and drones against a facility belonging to Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil giant and other sensitive targets in the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region.

“Aramco and other targets were struck by seven missiles of the Sa’ir and Badr type, and the hit was accurate by the grace of God and resulted in large fires” in the oil facility, spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree tweeted on Thursday morning.

Saree said four Samad-3 and Qasef-2K drones were also used in the attacks.

“This targeting comes in response to the escalation of the aggression and the continuation of the siege and [the war coalition’s] continuous crimes, the most recent of which was yesterday’s crime in Sa’ada,” the spokesman warned.

“We also promise the Saudi regime larger and larger operations if it continues its aggression and siege on our country,” he added.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia bombarded the border district of Monabeh in the northwestern province of Sa’ada, leaving two children dead and four people wounded.

Earlier this week, the Yemeni military announced that 17 drones and ballistic missiles were used in an operation against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Aramco refineries in Jubail and Jeddah were hit with 10 drones of Samad-3 type as part of that operation, Saree said of the attack, which also included five Qasef-2K UAVs as well as two ballistic missiles of Badr 1 type.

Saudi Arabia, backed by a coalition of its allies, began the war on Yemen in March 2015 in favor of former Riyadh-friendly president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned earlier and fled to Riyadh amid a political conflict in the country.

The Saudi war has brought about the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, according to the United Nations. It has killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, bringing the Yemeni people to the brink of famine and starvation.

The United States and its Western allies have also been deeply involved in the Saudi-led war by providing Riyadh with modern weapons, logistical support, and other forms of assistance.

The Sana’a government, which is run by the Ansarullah movement, has asserted on numerous occasions that Yemen’s retaliatory attacks on Saudi Arabia will continue as long as the war coalition is bombarding and starving the impoverished country.

Sana’a has also rejected Riyadh’s empty calls for peace while Yemen is still under attack and siege.

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