Yemeni army soldiers, backed by Houthi Ansarullah fighters, have launched a drone attack on a Saudi airbase in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s stepped-up bombing campaign on the impoverished nation.
Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that a Yemeni Qasif-1 (Striker-1) combat drone had accurately hit King Khalid airbase in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir region.
The drone strike came one day after the Saudi-led coalition attacked the al-Dulaimi airbase in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and its surrounding areas.
Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told Saudi state al-Ekhbaria TV on Friday that the airbase targeted had been used by the Houthis to “launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.”
Al-Masirah said more than 30 Saudi air raids had targeted the al-Dulaimi base and its adjacent areas.
Saudi Arabia has responded to calls for a ceasefire in its war on Yemen with a heavy bombing of the capital Sana’a with more than 30 airstrikes.
Additionally on Friday, clashes erupted between the Houthi fighters and Saudi-backed militants loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the port city of Hudaydah, the entry point for most of Yemen’s imports and aid supplies.
Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall the Riyadh-allied Hadi regime and crush the Houthis.
Back in June, the Saudi-led coalition launched the Hudaydah offensive despite international warnings that it would compound the war-torn nation’s humanitarian crisis.
Saudi Arabia claims that the Houthis are using the port city for weapons delivery, an allegation rejected by the fighters.
The Western-backed imposed war on Yemen, coupled with a naval blockade, has destroyed the country’s infrastructure and led to famine.
Yemeni fighters regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliatory attacks against the Saudi war on the import-dependent state.