2021-May-11 01:38
World
2021-April-11  14:23

Yemeni Troops Target Saudi Airport, Airbase

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemeni forces carried out fresh retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia, targeting military aircraft hangars at an airport in Jizan region and an airbase in Asir.

Two domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drones struck designated targets inside Jizan airport, also known as King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz airport, as well as King Khalid airbase with great precision early Sunday, Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said. 

The attacks, he added, were a "legitimate response" to the Riyadh regime’s devastating military campaign and crippling blockade against Yemen.

Senior Yemeni officials have frequently warned that retaliatory operations will continue as long as Saudi Arabia presses ahead with its deadly aggression and all-out siege.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement. The war has taken a heavy toll on Yemen's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The United Nations estimated in late 2020 that the war had caused as many as 233,000 deaths in Yemen since 2015, including 131,000 from indirect causes such as lack of food and deadly disease. 

According to the UN, at least 80 percent of Yemen’s 30 million people need some form of aid or protection.

Ansarullah, backed by the Yemeni Armed Forces and allied popular groups, has gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and successfully defended Yemen against the aggression, leaving Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the county.

Several human right groups and charities have accused the Western governments of prolonging the war in Yemen by permitting the sale of weapons and military equipments to the kingdom and its allies.