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Yemen launches multiple retaliatory attacks inside Saudi Arabia

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Yemeni armed forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have launched fresh retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia, including one on a facility run by oil company Aramco in the strategic Jizan region, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s ongoing military aggression and all-out blockade against the war-torn Arab country.

The official Saudi Press Agency, citing a statement by the Saudi-led coalition, said early on Sunday that attacks targeted a water desalination plant in the city of al-Shaqeeq, an Aramco facility in Jizan, a power station in the southern Dhahran al-Janub city, and a gas facility in Khamis Mushait. There was no loss of life, it said.

The state-run al-Ekhbariya television news network later quoted the coalition as claiming it had intercepted and destroyed three drones that struck the economic facilities.

The coalition also alleged to have foiled an attack on an Aramco Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in the Saudi city of Yanbu, the television channel added.

The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces later confirmed the attacks, saying Yemeni troops carried out a large-scale offensive, dubbed Operation Breaking the Siege II, against a number of vital and sensitive targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, using domestically-developed ballistic and cruise missiles as well as combat drones.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Sunday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree stated that Yemeni troops and their allies pounded the facilities of Aramco company in the Saudi capital Riyadh, in addition to several important sites in the cities of Yanbu, Abha, Khamis Mushait, Jizan, Samtah and Dhahran al-Janub.

“God willing, Yemeni armed forces will carry on special military operations to break the brutal siege. The strikes will be against critical and sensitive targets, which the enemy would never imagine,” Saree pointed out.

He also highlighted that Yemeni armed forces have the complete coordinates of vital targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, adding they could come under attack at any time.

“The Yemeni army warns the criminal enemy of the consequences of its oppressive siege on the country's economic facilities and projects. Yemeni armed forces have always declared they will hit the strategic and sensitive facilities of the Saudi-led coalition’s member states as long as the siege persists.”

Saudi Arabia conducts new airstrikes against Yemen

Saudi Arabia has launched a new round of airstrikes against various areas across Yemen.

Saudi jets carried out four air raids against the Rahabah district in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib on Saturday evening, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network said.

Three aerial assaults also hit the Abs district and another targeted the Harad district in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah. There were no immediate reports of casualties or extent of damage.

Two civilians also lost their lives when Saudi artillery units pounded a residential area in the Shada'a district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led military coalition's soldiers and their mercenaries have breached a truce deal for the western coastal province of Hudaydah 132 times in the last 24 hours.

Citing an unnamed source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room, al-Masirah TV reported that the violations included reconnaissance flights over various districts, 31 counts of artillery shelling and 92 shooting incidents.

‘Riyadh talks meant to intensify Saudi-led aggression, siege on Yemen’

Separately, Mahdi al-Mashat, who heads Yemen's Supreme Political Council, downplayed the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) plan to invite the Ansarullah resistance movement and other Yemeni parties for consultations in Riyadh this month, stating the talks are meant to escalate military aggression and crippling siege against the Yemeni nation.

“Throughout these negotiations, the organizers would leave no stone unturned to unite their mercenaries in order to continue their attacks and blockade,” Mashat said, as Ansarullah has declined to attend the talks.

He sharply criticized the Saudi-led coalition's double standards, stating that the Riyadh regime is calling for peace at the same time as pressing ahead with its massacre of the Yemeni nation.

“How stupid do they think the Yemeni people are? You are calling for peace just as enforcing a tight siege,” Mashat pointed out.

The head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council then addressed the Saudi-led coalition, stressing that the invading alliance “will eventually fail and all its schemes will fall short because the Yemeni nation is treading the right path.”

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to bring back to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well short of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


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