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Yemeni forces destroy Saudi military vehicles, seize Humvee

30 August 2015 16:04


Yemeni forces have destroyed a number of Saudi military vehicles in a retaliatory attack on Saudi Arabia’s positions in the southwestern province of Jizan.

According to media outlets on Sunday, the Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, destroyed the vehicles in the area of al-Khobe.

The joint forces carried off as booty a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), also known as Humvee, in the retaliatory attack.

In addition to Jizan, the Yemeni forces also targeted several military bases in the southwestern province of Dhahran al-Janoub, south of the Asir region.

Heavy clashes also erupted between Yemeni forces and Saudi soldiers in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri, a Saudi military spokesperson, said on August 26 that the Saudi troops have pushed their way into the northern Yemeni regions that overlook Jizan. Assiri said the Saudi soldiers have taken some areas under their control in the process.

Riyadh keeps killing Yemeni kids

The retaliatory Yemeni attacks came in response to the latest round of the deadly Saudi aggression against the Yemeni people. Saudi warplanes reportedly bombarded an area in the district of Razeh in Sa’ada, killing at least one child.

The Saudi jets also bombarded the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz, injuring eight civilians including four children. Similarly, residential areas in the provinces of Ma’rib and Hudaydah were targeted.

The United Nations has warned of the increasing number of children killed in the conflict, saying those who survive will form “a lost generation” as a result of the traumatic experiences of the war.

“Children are paying an unacceptable price, and the ever-mounting death toll tragically underscores the need for urgent action to protect them and other civilians,” said UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui on August 25.

Saudi Arabia launched its attacks on Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – to restore power to fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Over 4,300 people have lost their lives in the conflict since late March, according to the World Health Organization. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

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