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Yemeni forces, allies target Saudi radar station in Asir with ballistic missile

8 April 2018 18:49

 

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a radar station in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Asir in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against their crisis-hit country.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the Badr-1 missile struck the designated target just outside Khamis Mushait city, located 884 kilometers southwest of the capital Riyadh, with great precision on Sunday.

There were no immediate reports about the extent of damage caused.

Additionally, two people lost their lives when Saudi warplanes bombarded Shada’a district in Yemen’s northwestern mountainous province of Sa’ada.

Two other Yemeni civilians were killed and several others injured as Saudi military aircraft carried out five airstrikes against a farm in the al-Garrahi district of the western coastal province of Hudaydah.

Smoke billows following a Saudi airstrike against al-Dailami air base in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on April 5, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

A high-ranking UN aid official recently warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.

“After three years of conflict, conditions in Yemen are catastrophic,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.

Yemeni children, who were injured in a Saudi airstrike against al-Hali district of Hudaydah province, receive treatment at a hospital on April 2, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

He added, “People’s lives have continued unraveling. Conflict has escalated since November driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes.”

Ging said cholera had infected 1.1 million people in Yemen since last April, and a new outbreak of diphtheria had occurred in the war-ravaged Arab country since 1982.

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