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Yemeni army hits Saudi airport in retaliatory drone attack

The Yemeni army says it has launched a massive drone attack against Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, said the army’s drones on Sunday struck military positions and sensitive targets at Abha Airport with high precision. 

According to Yemen’s Al Masirah TV, the attacks were launched in response to the Saudi-led coalition’s increased airstrikes against the Yemeni nation and the continued siege on the country, the army spokesman said.

The attack came one week after a similar drone attack on the same airport, which Riyadh claims was intercepted.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has launched a deadly war against the Yemeni nation since 2015, claimed it managed to intercept and destroy the “explosive-laden drone” on Aug. 30.

Saudi state news agency (SPA) quoted Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki as saying that “as a result of intercepting the drone, some splinters fell on the airport, causing no injuries or damage.”

Last month, Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement attacked a large oil facility in an industrial complex south of the Saudi Arabian city of Jizan as part of an overnight operation.

At that time, the Coalition claimed it had intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six bomb-laden drones launched by Houthis towards the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia waged the devastating military aggression against its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states.

The purported aim was to return to power a Riyadh-backed former regime and defeat the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement that took control of state matters after the resignation of the then president and his government.

The UN refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than half of hospitals and clinics destroyed or closed.

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