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Yemeni forces destroy second Saudi warship

11 October 2015 13:14

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Yemen’s army, backed by allied popular committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has destroyed a second Saudi warship in a missile attack in the southeast of the impoverished Arab country.

The Saudi warship was targeted and destroyed on Saturday in the southwestern coast of Yemen, in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait is considered strategically important as it separates the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

On October 7, the Yemeni forces managed to destroy another Saudi vessel in the area with reports saying that the sunken ship had repeatedly fired rockets on residential areas in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Also on Saturday, tens of Saudi soldiers were killed and several Saudi military vehicles were destroyed in retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces in the province of Ma’rib.

On Sunday, Saudi warplanes bombarded the main prison in the central province of Bayda, killing 20 and injuring 30 people. It was also said a number of prisoners managed to escape after the airstrike.

Saudi warplanes also bombarded the residential area of Yemen’s Presidential Palace in the capital, Sana’a. At least eight missiles reportedly landed in the palace. The area of al-Nahdein was also bombed by Saudi warplanes.

Reports added that at least five people were killed in similar airstrikes on the province of Hudaydah. Saudi military aircraft targeted the airport and an air defense camp in the province.

At least two people were also killed in a Saudi airstrike in the district of Haydan in the northwestern province of Sa’ada.

It was also reported that Saudi warplanes pounded Ta’izz, killing three people, including two children and a woman.

Yemen has been the target of Saudi airstrikes since March 26. Riyadh’s aggression, which has not received a United Nations mandate, aims to undermine the Ansarullah movement and restore power to the Saudi ally and fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

About 6,400 people, including some 500 children, have reportedly lost their lives in the strikes.

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