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Yemeni drones pound Saudi military sites after massive bombings

Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees have carried out a series of aerial attacks on military targets in southwest Saudi Arabia after the kingdom's massive bombardments of several provinces.

Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television, citing local media outlets, said Yemeni drones struck military sites in Najran, Jizan and ‘Asir regions on Saturday morning.

The report came after Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said Saudi Arabia had significantly intensified its aggression and carried out more than 65 aerial raids across Yemen in the past 24 hours.

“This escalation will have serious consequences for the forces of aggression. They must bear the consequences,” he tweeted Friday. 

Hundreds of Yemenis rallied in the western coastal city of Hudaydah Friday afternoon to condemn Saudi attacks and aggression, Yemen’s al-Masira television reported. 

Demonstrators took to the streets after the execution of 10 Yemeni soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees by Saudi mercenaries.

People rally in Yemen’s western city of Hudaydah on November 19, 2021 to condemn the execution of Yemeni soldiers. (Photo by al-Masirah) 

They demanded retaliation and pledged to continue their fight against the Saudi aggression and siege and support Yemeni armed forces until the final victory is achieved. They called on the Yemeni people to mobilize and liberate their country from occupation.

On Saturday, Yemen’s official Saba news agency said Saudi military forces and their mercenaries had violated a ceasefire in Hudaydah for 182 times in the past 24 hours.

A source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room said the violations included reconnaissance flights over various regions, including al-Faza, al-Jabaliya and al-Tuhaita districts, in addition to 28 counts of artillery shelling and 45 shooting incidents.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s continuous bombardment of the impoverished country, Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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