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Yemeni soldiers, allied fighters capture base in Saudi Arabia

12 September 2016 14:08

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Yemeni army soldiers and allied volunteer fighters have take control of a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir in a retaliatory operation against Riyadh.

The media bureau of the operations command in Yemen released footage on Sunday evening showing Yemeni troopers and allied forces firing a barrage of mortar shells and artillery rounds at the Hanjar base in the Qulal Shaibani area of the Saudi region before moving on to seize it.

Saudi soldiers at the site can be seen running for their lives.

The allied Yemeni forces have recently managed to move into Saudi territory in an effort to pressure the Saudi invaders to withdraw from Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015, with the UN putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally who has resigned as Yemen’s president.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said last month that the death toll from the Saudi military aggression could rise even further as some areas had no medical facilities, and that people were often buried without any official record being made.

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