Yemeni forces target Saudi bases in retaliatory strikes

The Yemeni army, backed by the popular committees loyal to the Ansarullah movement, have targeted several military bases in Saudi Arabia in retaliation for Riyadh’s ongoing aggression against its impoverished southern neighbor.

On Wednesday, the Yemeni forces fired artillery on military bases in the southwestern Jizan Region.

The fighters also launched several retaliatory missiles on a military base in Zahran in the Asir border region of Saudi Arabia.

The Yemenis also targeted a Saudi weapons depot in Asir.

Saudi strikes claim more lives

The strikes came as at least three people have been killed and one person has been wounded in the latest Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, which has come under weeks of relentless attacks by the Riyadh regime.

A deadly air raid targeted the southern province of Shabwah on Wednesday while Saudi forces also launched two airstrikes on the northwestern provinces of Sa’ada and Hajjah.

Saudi warplanes also bombarded a military position in the northern province of Jawf.

A Saudi soldier from an artillery unit walks near ammunition at a position close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Jizan, April 13, 2015. © AFP

The Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported on Tuesday that Yemeni army forces with the help of popular committees destroyed a Saudi military vehicle in the southwestern port city of Aden.

Saudi military plane in Aden

Meanwhile, a Saudi military plane reportedly landed Wednesday in Yemen’s second city of Aden in another blatant violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as in defiance of international calls to avoid interference in the impoverished country’s internal affairs.

The airport had reopened after four months of fighting. “This is the beginning of operations at the airport,” Badr Basalma, Yemen’s former transport minister, told reporters at the site, which Saudi-backed militants reportedly recaptured last week following fierce clashes with Yemen’s popular committees. Basalma gave no details about the cargo of the Saudi military plane.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia reportedly had also sent Special Forces into Yemen under the pretext of escorting some fugitive former Yemeni officials back into its war-torn southern neighbor.

Riyadh’s military campaign against Yemen began on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in an attempt to undermine the Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

According to a recent UN report, at least 1,670 civilians have been killed and another 3,829 people injured since the beginning of the Saudi military campaign.

By Press TV