SANAA (Dispatches) -- Yemeni armed forces on Monday launched an attack against a strategic facility in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s military campaign and tight blockade against the crisis-hit country.
The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a brief statement posted on his official Twitter page that a Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drone struck with great precision a designated military target inside Abha International Airport on Monday.
He added that attacks against Abha airport and King Khalid Air Base near Saudi Arabia’s southwestern city of Khamis Mushait over past few days come within Yemen’s legitimate right to respond to the Saudi-led coalition’s devastating military campaign and all-out blockade.
The development came only a day after Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees targeted the same Saudi airport multiple times.
Separately, a civilian lost his life on Monday when Saudi border guards opened indiscriminate fire at Al-Raqou area in the Monabbih district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.
Saudi units also launched barrages of mortar shells and artillery rounds at the border Razih district in the same Yemeni province, but there were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.
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 crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The U.S.-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 for over the past five years.
The popular Ansarullah movement, backed by armed forces, has been defending Yemen against the Saudi-led alliance, preventing the aggressors from fulfilling the objectives of the devastating war.