‘Yemeni ballistic missile hits military base in Saudi Arabia’
Yemeni armed forces have fired a domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan, in retaliation for military strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing an unnamed military official from the missile unit of the Yemeni army, reported that a newly-built base had been hit with a short-range Badr-1 missile late on Wednesday, adding that the projectile had struck its target with precision.
The official also said that the missile strike had inflicted heavy human and material damage.
On Tuesday night, the Yemeni army had hit another military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir with a ballistic missile and inflicted damage on the base, al-Masirah further reported.
Saudi Arabia and some of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Sudan, launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The aggression initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. Some 15,000 Yemenis have so far been killed and thousands more injured.
The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations (UN) has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
A number of Western countries, the United States and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.
‘Vested interests prolonging the war’
Lawrence Davidson, a professor at West Chester University slammed foreign support for the Saudi-led war in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
“The world, the human population, the states, the nations of the world are capable of allowing genocide in a place like Yemen. Even though there might be people in various governments who want to intervene, there is very strong special interests that counter this,” he said.
“These include arms manufacturers who make money by selling lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia; it includes financial institutions that are heavily-invested in by Saudi Arabia, it includes obviously the Israeli allies of Saudi Arabia — the Zionists.”