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Yemeni forces destroy Saudi warship in Bab al-Mandab Strait

8 October 2015 5:57


Yemeni army soldiers backed by allied popular committees loyal to Ansarullah fighters have launched a missile attack against a Saudi warship and managed to destroy it.

The warship was wrecked off the southwestern coast of Yemen on Wednesday, in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, Yemen’s Saba news agency reported, adding that other Saudi battleships fled the area following the attack.

According to the report, the sunken ship had repeatedly fired rockets on residential areas in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, inflicting casualties and destruction there.

Earlier on Wednesday, a Saudi soldier was killed in another retaliatory rocket attack by Yemeni forces on a military base in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan. The Saudi Interior Ministry has confirmed the death of the trooper.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes struck a wedding ceremony in Yemen’s western province of Dhamar, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens more.

It is not the first time Saudi airborne assaults hit a wedding ceremony in the war-torn country. In late September, Saudi fighter jets struck a ceremony in Ta’izz, killing more than 135 people, many of them women and children, and injuring scores of others.

Saudi warplanes also carried out six airstrikes on Mawiyah district in Ta’izz province on Wednesday, killing at least two civilians and injuring several others.

Yemen has been under military strikes on a daily basis since Saudi forces launched their military aggression against their southern neighbor on March 26, in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, an ally of Riyadh.

About 6,400 people have reportedly lost their lives in the Saudi airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since March. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, 505 children are among the fatalities.

The UN reported on Tuesday that some 114,000 people have also been forced to flee the war-stricken country due to the Saudi aggression.

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