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Yemeni forces once again target King Khalid air base in southern Saudi Arabia

This file picture provided by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command Center shows a Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drone on display in Sana’a, Yemen, on July 7, 2019.

The Yemeni army says it has carried out a fresh drone strike on a major air base in southern Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s ongoing bombardment campaign and blockade against the conflict-stricken Arab country.

Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said army troops and allied fighters from Popular Committees had hit sensitive targets inside King Khalid air base near the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, located some 884 kilometers (549 miles) south of the Saudi capital Riyadh, on Monday.

Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited Saree as saying that the retaliatory attack was launched using a domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drone.

Saree stressed that the "pinpoint" attack came in response to the continuing aggression and brutal siege on his country.

The development came only a day after Yemeni armed forces and their allies struck the same air base by a Qasef-2K unmanned aerial vehicle.

Later on Monday, a civilian was killed in an artillery attack by Saudi military forces in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah TV that the victim lost his life as Saudi troops shelled al-Raqou area in the Monabbih district of the province.

Saudi-led military aircraft also pounded Shada'a district in Sa’ada province, though there were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. The Saudi war has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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