“After discovering what happened at Abu Dhabi International Airport, when it was targeted by a Yemeni drone, Sammad 3, the UAE regime tried hard to conceal the attack by declaring it as an accident. Soon, it will find itself facing facts that are difficult to be denied,” Abdulsalam said in a post on its Facebook account on Monday.
The Yemeni army, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, launched an airstrike against a strategic economic target in the UAE in retaliation for the Saudi-led coalition’s devastating military aggression against their impoverished homeland.
A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that 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 had also targeted Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE, using the same type of combat drone.
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 17,500 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.
Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing economy and diminished social services and livelihoods.
A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.