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Saudi military base in Najran comes under Yemeni missile attack

19 July 2015 11:43


The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, has carried out a retaliatory missile attack on a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border city of Najran.

The Yemeni forces fired four missiles on the military base late on Saturday night.

The attack was launched as Saudi raids on Yemen continued with airstrikes on the city of Harad in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah and the district of al-Ghayl in the northern Jawf province.

Two women were killed as Saudi jets hit residential areas in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada.

Ten Yemenis, including four children and two women, were also killed in another Saudi airstrike on the southwestern Yemeni city of Ibb.

Earlier in the day, fighting raged on in the southern city of Aden where the Ansarullah fighters sought to push back forces loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who are struggling to gain control of Yemen’s second city. According to witnesses, clashes are continuing in the central parts of the port city.

Aden has for months been the scene of heavy skirmishes between Houthi fighters and pro-Hadi forces.

Saudi Arabia launched the military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Ansarullah movement and to restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Over 3,800 people, including more than 1,600 civilians, have been killed over the past three months in the Arab world’s poorest country, according to the UN. Some local sources, however, put the death toll at 4,500.

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