SANAA (Dispatches) –
Yemeni forces used 16 drones and ballistic missiles to hit targets deep inside Saudi Arabia as part of a series of operations to deter the kingdom from fresh aggression, a military spokesman said Sunday.
“As part of confronting the crimes of aggression against our country, our Armed Forces carried out the 7th Operation Balanced Deterrence, targeting vital facilities and military bases of the Saudi enemy,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a televised statement, according to Yemen’s Al-Masirah television.
Saree explained that the operation targeted vital installations and military bases, including Saudi Aramco facilities in Jeddah, Jizan and Najran regions, which he said were bombed with five Badr ballistic missiles and two Sammad-3 drones.
He said Saudi Aramco facilities in Ras al-Tanura in the Dammam region, eastern Saudi Arabia, were also targeted with eight Sammad-3 drones and a Zulfiqar ballistic missile.
The spokesman stressed that Yemeni forces successfully hit their targets in both attacks.
On Saturday, Riyadh claimed that its air defenses had intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles and three explosive-laden drones launched towards Dammam, Jizan and Najran regions.
Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2015, when Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating war against the poorest Middle Eastern country to reinstall Yemen’s fugitive government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sana’a and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement.
The war, accompanied by a tight siege, has failed to reach its goals and killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people, putting millions more at risk of starvation by destroying much of the country’s infrastructure.
The new operation came after
that a consignment of 4.6 million vaccines had arrived in the country from China, calling it a major boost to the nationwide vaccination campaign against the disease.
IRICA authorities said three more shipments consisting of four million Sinopharm jabs were due in Iran later on Saturday and early Sunday.
They bring the total number of foreign-made coronavirus vaccines supplied to Iran since December to nearly 40 million, according to IRICA figures.
Iran is also counting on a monthly supply of millions of home-made vaccines. So far, nearly 29 million people have been vaccinated, including 9.5 million people who have received two doses, since the program began late last year.
Iran has been facing delays in vaccine deliveries from other countries both because of U.S. sanctions, which make payments to foreign companies almost impossible, and global issues related to new strains of the disease in various countries.