Army: Saudi Cities to Become Legitimate Targets for Yemeni Troops
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi cities of Jeddah, Abha, and the capital Riyadh will turn into legitimate targets for the Yemeni forces in their retaliatory attacks against the kingdom, which is continuing military aggression against its impoverished Southern neighbor, a spokesman for the Yemeni army said.
Brigadier General Sharaf Luqman made the remarks on Saturday, a day after attacks by Ansarullah fighters and their allied army units killed dozens of Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini soldiers in Yemen’s Ma’rib province, press tv reported.
The Yemeni official also said the number of Emirati troopers killed in the raids goes beyond 75, contradicting the UAE’s official figure standing at 45.
The Emirati troops as well as five Bahraini soldiers were killed on Friday in an arms depot blast in al-Safer airport in Ma’rib, 250 kilometers (150 miles) East of the capital Sana’a, a source at the scene said. The Ansarullah fighters said the blast was caused by a rocket attack.
In a separate attack, at least 16 Saudi soldiers were killed in an ambush by Ansarullah fighters and their allied army units near the Mash’al base in Saudi Arabia’s Southwestern Jizan region. Riyadh has confirmed 10 of the fatalities.
On Saturday, Yemeni forces launched missile attacks at several targets including a military camp in Jizan.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 165 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,670 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
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.