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Yemen ballistic missile ‘kills dozens of Saudi troops’

25 July 2016 17:15

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Dozens of Saudi troops have reportedly been killed and injured in a retaliatory ballistic missile attack by Yemen against a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan.

The Yemeni army and Popular Committees launched a Tochka ballistic missile at the military camp in the Ahd al-Masarha district of Jizan on Monday morning, Yemen’s al-Massira television quoted a military source as saying.

The military source said anonymously that the camp housed command centers, a pad for Apache helicopters and scores of vehicles and trucks loaded with munitions.

According to the report, the rocket successfully hit the target, destroying the camp and leaving scores of Saudi troops dead and injured.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to bring Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi — who has resigned as Yemen’s president — back to power.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.

The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

Meanwhile, UN-brokered peace talks continue between Houthi Ansarullah fighters and their allies on the one side and loyalists to Hadi on the other.

The first round of the peace talks on Yemen started on April 21 in Kuwait, and was held against the backdrop of a shaky ceasefire that had taken effect on April 10.

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