DUBAI (Dispatches) – Yemeni forces attacked Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport on Tuesday with an explosives-laden drone, a military spokesman in the capital Sanaa said on Twitter.
The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a brief statement posted on his official Twitter page that a domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drone struck an "important target” inside the strategic facility with great precision on Tuesday morning.
He underlined that retaliatory drone strikes against targets inside Saudi Arabia will continue as long as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its devastating military campaign and crippling blockade against Yemen.
The air raid was reportedly the fifth of its kind in 48 hours.
On Monday, a Yemeni Qasef-2K unmanned aerial vehicle launched an attack against the same Saudi airport.
Also on Monday, Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport multiple times.
Minister of Youth Assassinated
Meanwhile, Yemen said Minister of Youth and Sports Hassan Zaid was assassinated by criminal elements affiliated with Saudi-led aggressors on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by Al-Masirah television network, the Yemeni interior ministry announced that Zaid was shot while driving with his daughter in the Yemeni capital. The terrorist act claimed the minister’s life and injured his daughter, it added.
The assassination of Zaid is a criminal act, which is part of the aggressors’ schemes to remove Yemeni national figures, the ministry said, noting that an investigation was underway to bring criminals to justice.
Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV channel described Zaid as an important leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansaruallh movement.
So far, no group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Saudi Arabia launched a devastating military aggression against its southern neighbor
in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms support from the U.S. and several Western countries.
The aim was to return to power a Riyadh-backed former regime and defeat the Houthi movement that has taken control of state matters since the resignation of the then president and his government.
The war, however, has failed to achieve its goals, but killed tens of thousands of innocent Yemenis and destroyed the impoverished country’s infrastructure. The UN refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.