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Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi helicopter

26 February 2016 17:40

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Yemen’s army and popular committees have downed a Saudi helicopter in the Yemeni province of Ta’izz as Riyadh’s aggression against its impoverished neighbor continues to claim civilian lives.

The helicopter was reportedly brought down in the district of Dhubab of Ta’izz on Friday.

The news comes as the Persian Gulf kingdom resumed its air raids on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a on Friday, leaving two people dead.

Meanwhile, Saudi fighter jets killed four people in Ta’izz and another in the capital on Thursday night with reports saying the kingdom’s drones were bombing residential areas.

Yemenis have been carrying out attacks on Saudi forces and equipment in retaliation for the Arab kingdom’s strikes, launched with the aim of undermining Houthi Ansarullah movement and bringing back to power the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

On Wednesday, Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of the Saudi military and armored vehicles with artillery shelling in the al-Waze’yah district of Ta’izz province and caused damage to the vehicles.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. At least 8,300 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed so far in the aggression and 16,015 others sustained injuries. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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