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2,000 Saudis killed in Riyadh’s war on Yemen: Activist

5 December 2015 9:50


A well-known Saudi online activist says some 2,000 Saudi nationals have lost their lives and 4,850 others sustained injuries during nine months of Riyadh’s military campaign against neighboring Yemen.

The whistleblower, known on Twitter as @mujtahidd, once again took to the social networking service and released the figures as part of a report detailing damage suffered by Saudi Arabia in its military operation in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has spent more than 200 billion rials (USD 53 billion) in its ferocious campaign over the past nine months, according to @mujtahidd, adding the kingdom spends 750 million rials (almost USD 200 million) a day on its war.

The activist further said 450 tanks and armored vehicles have been destroyed or disabled during the Saudi war on Yemen, adding that Riyadh’s military had lost four Apache jets and an F-15 aircraft.

Three warships have also been annihilated, while two other vessels have been damaged severely, said the activist who reportedly has more than 1.8 million online followers.

The whistleblower, whose account was created in July 2011, uses his platform to leak documents about corruption inside the Saudi royal family amid the kingdom’s harsh crackdown on political activists.

People gather at the site of a Saudi air strike at Dhahban neighborhood in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, November 29, 2015. ©Reuters

Yemen has been under constant military attacks by Saudi warplanes since late March.

The Saudi military strikes are purported to undermine the popular Ansarullah movement, and bring fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a Saudi ally, back to power.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others wounded since March.

Yemeni army soldiers fighting alongside allied fighters from popular committees loyal to the the Ansarullah movement have conducted retaliatory attacks against the Saudi aggression, inflicting heavy losses on Riyadh’s military.

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