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Yemen’s Qasef-2k drones target Saudi airports, air base, in response to escalation, continued siege

Yemeni forces have carried out fresh drone attacks against two airports and an air base in Saudi Arabia in retaliation against Riyadh's deadly aggression on their impoverished country.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a statement on Saturday that the country’s domestically-developed Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drones targeted airports in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan and Abha regions as well as an air base near the city of Khamis Mushait, Yemen’s al-Massirah TV reported.

He added that the unmanned aerial vehicles struck with great precision the designated targets, stressing that such retaliatory attacks would continue as long as the kingdom kept its military aggression, siege and airstrikes against the war-torn Arab country.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a war on Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to subdue a popular uprising that had overthrown a regime friendly to Riyadh.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.

More than half of Yemen’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the war by the Saudi-led coalition, which is supported militarily by the UK, the US, and other Western countries.

The United Nations says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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