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Yemen Conducts Strikes on Saudi Arabian Airport, Airbase

Yemen’s popular defense movement Houthi Ansarullah says it has targeted an airport and an airbase in southwestern Saudi Arabia with drone attacks.

The movement announced the retaliatory strikes on Sunday through a spokesman, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

The spokesman said the drone attacks targeted the Abha Airport and the King Khalid Airbase in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region.

The strike against the airport hit its control tower, said the spokesman, who added that the operation against the airbase used the movement’s indigenously-made Qasef-2K drones.

 

The group said the strikes came “as a response to US-Saudi aggression and siege” of Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and more than a dozen of its allies have been pounding Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation, since March 2015.

The invasion, which uses heavy American arms and logistical support, has unsuccessfully been seeking to return Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied officials to power and eliminate the Houthi movement.

The coalition strikes, including those targeting civilians, have been found to use US-provided guided bombs, among other ammunition. Experts say the deployment of such precision armaments against civilians shows that the invading coalition has been intentionally choosing non-combatants as its targets.

Tens of thousands have died and the entire Yemen has been pushed close to the brink of famine since the onset of the invasion, which has also been accompanied by an embargo of the country.

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