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Yemeni Army releases footage of major drone strike against Saudi forces, mercenaries in Najran

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 has released the video footage of a large-scale military offensive carried out by Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees in Saudi Arabia’s southern border region of Najran, where dozens of Saudi troopers and their mercenaries were killed or wounded in the process.

The video shows the geographic position of the Saudi-led coalition’s military camp in the al-Wadiah area, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of the Saudi capital Riyadh, its command center, training areas and different parts of the camp.

It then shows the moment ten Yemeni Qasef-2k (Striker-2k) combat drones are launched towards the military facility, before one of the unmanned aerial vehicles is seen flying over the camp.

The drone locates its designated target as it is cruising at an altitude of roughly 20 meters above the ground and fires a missile. The force of the impact destroys buildings and other objects approximately 80 meters away.

The footage goes on to show another Yemeni Qasef-2k arriving at the scene, while Saudi soldiers and their mercenaries inside al-Wadiah military camp flee for their lives.

The video concludes by stating that more than 60 Saudi mercenaries, among them senior commanders, were killed or injured in the drone strike. Several Saudi guards were killed or wounded as well.

Early on Wednesday, Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees launched two missile strikes against the positions of Saudi-led militants in Yemen’s strategic central province of Ma’rib, killing or wounding dozens of them.

Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree announced in a post on his Twitter page that Yemeni troops and their allies launched a domestically-developed Badr-1 ballistic missile at a gathering of Saudi-led military commanders and officers in the Sahn al-Jin military camp near Ma’rib city, and another at the Third Military Region.

He said the missiles struck their designated targets with great precision, adding that a number of senior Saudi-led mercenaries were killed or wounded as a result.

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 resistance 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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