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Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport targeted again in Yemeni retaliatory drone attack

This file picture shows the entrance to Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir. (Photo by AFP)

The Yemeni army has launched a fresh retaliatory attack against Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir, using two domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drones.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a brief statement posted on his Twitter page that the unmanned aerial vehicles struck the designated military targets at the airport with great precision on Thursday noon.

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

The development took place only three days after Yemeni army forces and their allied fighters struck the same Saudi airport.

Earlier this month, Yemen's army troops and allied fighters from Popular Committees also carried out a drone strike on King Khalid Air base near the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.

Brigadier General Saree tweeted at the time that the Yemeni forces hit sensitive targets inside the major air base.

Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network quoted the Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman as saying that the retaliatory attack was launched by a domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drone.

The strike was “accurate,” and came in response to the continuing aggression and brutal siege on Yemen, he said.

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

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