The Yemeni army has carried out a successful drone attack against a “military site” within the Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, keeping up the impoverished country’s retaliation against a Riyadh-led war.
The reprisal against the terminal that lies in the kingdom’s Asir region took place on Tuesday, using one of the Yemeni armed forces’ indigenously-manufactured Qasef-2K UAVs, army spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a brief statement.
“The hit was accurate,” Saree noted in the statement that was reported by Yemen’s al-Masirah television network. “This targeting comes in response to the escalation of aggression and the ongoing siege on our dear country.”
The Saudi kingdom and its allies have been waging the war for more than seven years in a futile attempt to restore Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied officials.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis have perished during the aggression that has been accompanied by a crippling siege of the Arab world’s already poorest nation.
The Abha airport that is based in a city of the same name and the nearby King Khalid Airbase, located close to the city of Khamis Mushait, are the two locations, from which most of the Saudi-led coalition’s attacks against Yemen originate.
The Tuesday retaliation came shortly after Saree said the Yemeni defense forces were preparing for a large-scale counteroffensive to avenge the blood of Saleh Ali al-Sammad, the first president of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council.
The spokesman made the remarks on the third anniversary of Sammad’s martyrdom on April 19, 2018 in an attack by Saudi warplanes against his vehicle in Yemen’s al-Hudaydah Province.
The Yemeni forces, Saree added, were just awaiting the relevant order.
Sammad was notable for his contribution to the reinforcement of Yemen’s defense industry to the point that it became capable of carrying out massive counterattacks against hugely sensitive and economically important Saudi-based spots.