SANA’A (Dispatches) – Yemenis forces have fired two retaliatory ballistic missiles and four bomb-laden drones at a Saudi airport and a military airbase in southern Saudi Arabia.
"The attacks hit military targets in the Najran Airport (in Najran city) and the King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait city,” Yemeni Army Spokesman Yehya Saree said in a statement aired by al-Masirah TV.
Both Saudi cities are located near Yemen’s northern border.
Cross-border missile and drone attacks by Yemen have escalated since February, when its troops began a major reprisal against the Saudi-backed mercenaries to liberate the oil-rich province of Ma’rib in central Yemen.
In recent developments, Saudi-sponsored militants have miserably failed to seize back Tala’at al-Hamra area west of the city of Ma’rib, despite full air support provided by Saudi-led military aircraft.
The Lebanon-based and Arabic-language al-Akhbar daily newspaper reported that the militants have carried out more than 100 raids since early Friday, but have not managed to go anywhere beyond the outskirts of Hama al-Dahla district, which lies east of Tala’at al-Hamra.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the U.S. and other regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government back to power and crushing Ansarullah resistance movement.
Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.
The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.
The spokesman for Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement says any initiative by the United Nations Security Council in order to bring an end to the ongoing war on the impoverished Arab country must serve the interests of the entire Yemeni nation.
"They are talking about a limited battle [in Yemen’s strategic central province of Ma’rib], but have turned a blind eye to the siege of the country. Constraints on the conflict would not help resolve the issue, but would rather exacerbate it. Such an approach is of no use for peace, and only prolongs war,” Mohammad Abdul-Salam wrote in a post published on his Twitter page,
"Any new initiative by the Security Council will not come to fruition unless it first serves the interests of the Yemeni nation,” he added. "Yemeni people do not pay attention to anyone who does not respect their right to security, peace and sovereignty.”