The missile squad of the Yemeni army and Ansarullah popular forces who had halted their missile attacks on the Saudi-led coalition for a couple of days to respect the peace talks underway in Sweden, fired a Zelzal-1 ballistic missile late on Sunday against the positions held by the militias of the invading coalition.
The missile hit the al-Sadis military base in Saudi Arabia’s Southern border region of Najran, killing and injuring a number of militias stationed in the base.
Yemeni sources said that the late Sunday missile attack was carried out in retaliation for the airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition against Western and Northern Yemen.
Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said that the jet fighters of the Saudi-Emirati coalition had bombarded Yemeni areas for 15 times on Sunday.
Brigadier General Saree added that Yemeni governorates of al-Hudaydah, Sana’a, and Sa’dah were pounded by Saudi-Emirati jet fighters, and the Yemeni forces retaliated with artillery shelling and missile attacks.
“Militias started advancing toward the ninth district in Sana’a Governorate early on Sunday, approaching our bases in al-Tabab al-Aswad with their artillery providing them with fire support,” recounted the Yemeni military official.
He added that the Saudi airstrikes have continued since the start of the peace talks in Sweden, killing at least ten women and children in an airstrike on a region in al-Hudaydah on Sunday.
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. Around 20,000 people have died since the war began, says Yemen’s Health Ministry.
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.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
In August, a Saudi air raid hit a school bus as it drove through a market in the town of Dhahyan in Sa’ada Province in Northwestern Yemen, killing a total of 51 people, among them 40 children, and injuring 79 others, mostly children.
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.