Saudi Fighters Hit Friendly Target in Military Drills near Yemen’s Border, Scores Injured
Dozens of Saudi soldiers were injured during the military exercises carried out by the kingdom’s air force in a region near the Yemeni border on Sunday.
According to reports, the Saudi warplanes mistakenly hit a building during a friendly drill in a village in the monarchy’s Southwestern region near the border with Yemen, and left several of their own soldiers wounded.
Saudi Arabia has very few military pilots and normally use foreign pilots, mainly from Pakistan. Yet, the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets have several times missed their targets since the start of Riyadh’s military aggression against Yemen or targeted friendly troops.
On Tuesday, the Saudi pilots hit a derelict mountain miles away from their target that was a military base in Sa’ada.
On April 6 and on the 12th day of the kingdom’s aggression, the Saudi fighter jets launched a series of attacks against a number of economic and military infrastructure in Sana’a, but all were unsuccessful.
Thomas W. Lippman, Washington-based author, in an article published by the Middle East Institute on March 27 said, “…they (Saudi troops) could simply fail. That would be a spectacular embarrassment, and it can’t be ruled out because the Saudi armed forces have minimal combat experience.”
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 25 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 2,655 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.