Yemenis launch retaliatory drone attacks on Saudi air base

Yemeni armed forces have conducted drone strikes on King Khalid air base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir Province in retaliation for the kingdom’s massive bombing of Sana’a early Saturday. 

The al-Masirah TV channel reported that Yemeni army soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees used Qasif-K2 combat drones to target the air base near the city of Khamis Mushait.

It quoted Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e as saying that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) had accurately hit radar and military sites at the Saudi base.

The retaliation came after Saudi warplanes carried out airstrikes on Sana’a’s September 21 park and the Ministry of Media Affairs earlier in the day, al-Masirah reported.

Saudi air raids, it added, also targeted Farijah Camp in the Arhab district of Sana’a Province.

Saudi-led coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Maliki said warplanes carried out an operation to destroy five “air defense sites and ballistic missile depots” in Sana’a on Saturday morning, the official Saudi Press agency (SPA) reported.

The fresh Saudi air raids came one day after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved hosting hundreds of US troops in the kingdom amid rising regional tensions.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been waging a brutal war on Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall the country’s Riyadh-allied former regime and crush the Houthi movement — objectives that have failed to materialize due to a strong resistance put up by the Yemenis.

The Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis, destroyed the country’s infrastructure and led to a massive humanitarian crisis.

Earlier this week, The New York Times cited various analysts as saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the architect of the war, has been stuck in Yemen’s “quagmire.”

The frustrated Saudis have turned to additional US support in the hope of achieving a breakthrough, according to the report.

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