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Saudi Apache helicopter shot down in central Yemen

20 September 2015 21:37



Yemeni armed forces have brought downed a Saudi Apache helicopter near the city of Ma’rib in central Yemen as Riyadh continues with its deadly aggression against its southern neighbor, reports say.

Yemeni military sources confirmed on Sunday that army soldiers backed by popular committees had downed a Saudi Apache helicopter after firing a missile in the al-Safer area.

Reports say the Yemeni army and volunteer forces also launched counterattacks on Saudi soldiers, inflicting serious damage on them.

Earlier, 10 people were reported killed and more than 50 others wounded in an attack by Saudi warplanes in Yemen’s Ibb Province.

It came a day after a total of 100 Yemenis were killed in Saudi airstrikes on the northwestern Yemeni provinces of Sana’a, Sa’ada and Ma’rib.

Yemenis look as smoke billows from buildings after reported airstrikes by Saudi Arabia north of the capital Sana’a, on September 16, 2015. (AFP photo)


According to a report published on September 19 by the Yemen’s Civil Coalition NGO, 6,091 Yemenis, including 3,006 women and children have been killed in six months of Saudi Arabian airstrikes. The report also said that 13,552 people –2,997 women and children– have also been injured during this time period.

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

Riyadh has been targeting Yemeni infrastructure and residential areas in its airstrikes, in defiance of international conventions.

Saudi Arabia has been reportedly using cluster bombs in Yemen.

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