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Yemeni forces pound Saudi positions with artillery shells

15 December 2016 16:21

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The Yemeni army and allied fighters from the Popular Committees have attacked two military bases inside Saudi Arabia, killing at least one Saudi soldier and injuring scores of others.

One of the artillery attacks was launched against Saudi positions in Makhrooq in Najran in which one soldier was killed and three military vehicles were destroyed, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV network reported Thursday.

According to the report, scores of Saudi troops were seen fleeing their positions when they came under the Yemeni attack.

Yemeni fighters further targeted yet another Saudi military base in Najran with artillery shells, blowing up a huge depot of armaments.

The attacks were conducted in retaliation for persisting Saudi airstrikes against the war-ravaged Yemen.

The development came two days after Saudi warplanes pounded the Yemeni province of Sana’a for several hours in an unprecedented wave of airstrikes against the country over the past months.

The fighter bombers carried out as many as 25 back-to-back airstrikes against various districts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, according to local media reports.

More than 11,400 Yemenis, including women and children, have been killed in the course of the Saudi military aggression against neighboring Yemen since March 2015.

This is while international right groups have repeatedly condemned Riyadh over its onslaught against Yemen. They have also warned of a humanitarian crisis in the impoverished country.

The Saudi campaign was launched with the aim of reinstating Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Hadi, a loyal Riyadh ally, resigned last year and fled to the Saudi capital. He later returned to the country’s port city of Aden.

Hadi has rejected a United Nations peace roadmap, saying the initiative favors Ansarullah, a Houthi movement which has been defending the country against the Saudi invasion.

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