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Yemeni forces launch drone strike against Dubai International Airport

28 August 2018 15:21

Yemeni forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have reportedly launched an airstrike against a strategic economic target in the United Arab Emirates in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s devastating military aggression against their impoverished homeland.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yemeni soldiers and their allies attacked Dubai International Airport using a domestically-built long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle on Monday evening.

On July 26, Yemeni army forces and Popular Committees fighters targeted Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE, using the same type of combat drone.

Abdullah al-Jafri, a spokesman for Yemeni air force and air defense, said at the time that the drone attack had halted flights to and from the airport, adding that this was the first time that Yemeni forces used a drone to attack the airport.

This file picture provided by the media bureau of Yemen’s Operations Command Center shows a domestically-designed and –manufactured Qasif-1 (Striker-1) combat drone.

He said Yemeni forces will target the infrastructure of countries that have taken part in the aggression against Yemen in future attacks.

Emirati aviation authorities later announced that an incident involving a supply vehicle in the Terminal 1 airside area of the airport had occurred.

The officials claimed that the development had not affected operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and flights continued to arrive and depart as scheduled.

The UAE is Saudi Arabia’s key ally in its deadly war against Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the country’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Yemenis gather next to a destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, which targeted the Dhahyan market the previous day in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada on August 10, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The aggression has killed some 15,000 people and injured thousands more. More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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