The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said on Monday afternoon that the drones struck the designated target with great precision, reiterating that the strikes were in response to the continued Saudi-led alliance’s crimes and aggression against Yemen, and its blockade of the conflict-ridden Arab country.
The development came only a day after Yemeni army forces and their allies launched a barrage of Badr-1 short-range ballistic missiles at strategic sites inside Jizan Regional Airport, also known as King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Airport.
The Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that the projectiles targeted the hangars of Saudi warplanes and Apache attack helicopters besides some military sites at the airport.
The Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen dismissed the report as “fake and deceptive.” There was no immediate reaction from authorities in Saudi Arabia.
Yemen launches ‘biggest’ retaliatory attack on Saudi ArabiaThe Yemeni army says its units have launched the biggest retaliatory attack on Saudi positions, killing and injuring dozens.
The retaliatory attack came shortly after Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched an offensive against the positions of Saudi troopers and Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdom’s southwestern region of Najran.
Saree said Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters launched a newly-developed Nakal (Retribution) missile at the strongholds of Saudi soldiers and their mercenaries in al-Sadis area of the region, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of Riyadh, on Sunday afternoon, leaving dozens of them dead or injured, al-Masirah reported.
Yemen army targets Saudi troops, mercs with new missileDozens of Saudi troops and their mercenaries have been killed and injured in a Yemeni missile strike against the kingdom’s southern region of Najran.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed over 70,000 lives since January 2016.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.