Over 60 Saudi-Backed Militants Killed in Yemen’s Shabwa
At least 60 mercenaries were killed and 70 others were wounded in the Yemeni forces’ military operations in Shabwa province in Southeastern Yemen, military sources disclosed on Sunday.
The Yemeni Saba news agency quoted the unnamed sources as saying that the Saudi-backed militants sustained heavy losses during the last 48 hours.
“Four armored vehicles, six military vehicles and other military equipment of the mercenaries were also destroyed in the military operations in Bihan and Asilan regions,” he added.
In a relevant development on Saturday, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement rocket battalion fired an M-2 ballistic missile towards a Saudi command center in the Southern countryside of the Jizan Region.
According to the official media wing of the Ansarullah, the popular forces fired the M-2 missiles from their positions in Northern Yemen, as they claimed their missile scored a direct hit on the Saudi command center, causing considerable damage to the installation in the Southern part of the Jizan Region.
It comes as the Saudi-led coalition bombers have increased air attacks on residential areas across Yemen, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians in recent days.
Ansarullah movement has also warned that Yemeni forces will continue missile attacks against Saudi Arabia as long as Riyadh and its allies press ahead with their military aggression against the impoverished nation.
The capital cities of all the Saudi-led coalition member states are within the range of Yemen’s missiles, a senior Ansarullah movement leader said recently in a tough warning that has already met action in the case of Saudi Arabia iteself and the UAE.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 15,300 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
The cholera outbreak in Yemen which began in April, has also claimed over 2,200 lives and has infected about one million people, as the nation has been suffering from what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as the “largest epidemic in the world” amid a non-stop bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia. Also Riyadh’s deadly campaign prevented the patients from traveling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.
According to reports, the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is the subject of a Saudi Arabian war and total embargo, is the largest recorded in modern history.
Aid officials have also warned of the spread of diphtheria in war-torn Yemen, as WHO and officials with the international medical charity Doctors Without Border, announced that the diphtheria spread is inevitable in Yemen due to low vaccination rates, lack of access to medical care and so many people moving around and coming in contact with those infected.