SANAA (Dispatches) – Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement launched a retaliatory drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Najran airport, the group’s Al Masirah TV said early on Wednesday.
It said it targeted hangars containing war planes. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported the counter-strike on Wednesday morning, without giving details about possible casualties or material damage.
A day earlier, the network said Yemeni forces, led by the Houthi Ansarullah movement, had launched a counterattack on an arms depot inside the same airport, using a Qasef-2K combat drone. The strike caused a fire at the airport.
The Ansarullah movement warned on Sunday that those strikes were the start of operations against 300 vital targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — a key member of the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen — as well as positions inside Yemen, where the foreign aggressors and their allied Yemeni militants hold bases.
In mid-May, the Yemeni army launched drone raids on a major oil pipeline deep inside the Saudi kingdom in retaliation for the regime’s war crimes against Yemen, forcing state crude giant Aramco to temporarily stop pumping oil on the pipeline.
The movement’s leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi reacted strongly on Tuesday to recent reports in Saudi media, alleging that the Houthi fighters had launched a missile attack against the holy city of Mecca in the kingdom.
He called the accusation "a big lie and an abominable allegation.”
"Those who conspire against the al-Aqsa Mosque [in the Israeli-occupied holy city of al-Quds] are also capable of conspiring against the Grand Mosque [in Mecca] upon being asked to,” al-Houthi was quoted by al-Masirah as saying.
He was referring to the Saudi regime’s widely-reported covert ties with the Zionist regime and Riyadh’s support for a controversial American plan for the Zionits-Palestinian conflict.
"The Saudi regime is one of the United States’ biggest supporters and maintains ties with Israel,” he said, saying the regime is trying to use holy sites for political purposes.
The Houthis took over control of Yemen’s affairs in 2014 amid a political turmoil, which saw the country’s former Saudi-backed officials flee to Riyadh after refusing to continue political talks with the movement.
Saudi Arabia then led many of its regional allies into an all-out invasion of the Arab world’s most impoverished nation to restore its favorite government.
Some reports put the number of fatalities from the war at tens of thousands. The country has turned into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and is teetering on the edge of a nationwide famine.