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Yemen strikes Saudi Aramco oil facilities

22 December 2015 10:54



A ballistic missile fired by Yemeni forces in retaliation has hit facilities belonging to Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant Aramco in the country’s southwest, Yemen’s television says. 

Army troops, backed by allied Popular Committees, fired a Qaher 1 missile at the company in the Saudi border province of Jizan early Tuesday, the al-Masirah news channel reported.

The television said the projectile was fired in response to stepped-up Saudi attacks on different locations across Yemen despite a ceasefire. Yemeni forces targeted the Jizan Regional Airport with a similar missile attack on Monday.

On Monday, militants loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were reported to have moved to the province surrounding Yemen’s capital, Sana’a.

Media reports said Hadi’s forces had taken control of two mountains in the Nihm district which is about 60 km northeast of the capital.

The push came as Hadi’s self-proclaimed foreign minister Abdel Malek al-Mekhlafi said they had agreed to extend a seven-day UN-sponsored truce which they largely violated as it went into effect last week.

Houthi fighters have accused Hadi forces of taking advantage of the truce to make a number of gains. Last week, Hadi loyalists overran two towns, including the provincial capital of the Jawf  province, as Houthi representatives sat for negotiations in Switzerland.


A man aligned with fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi is seen near the west-central Yemen city of Ma’rib on December 18, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia continued its airstrikes, targeting various positions belonging to the Yemeni army and Houthis across the country.

The Saudi war on Yemen, launched in March, supposedly seeks to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and return Hadi to power. The invasion has so far killed more than 7,500 people and injured over 14,000 others in Yemen.

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