Saudi airstrike targets Houthi convoy, 20 fighters killed
The fresh Saudi airstrike has reportedly targeted a convoy of Ansarullah fighters in the south of Yemen that reportedly killed 20 fighters.
Abedrabbo al-Mihwali, an official in the southern province of Lahij, said at least 20 members of the Houthi movement died in the Friday attack, which hit the convoy as it was heading out of the country’s largest military airbase of al-Anad, located northeast of the provincial capital, Lahij.
Two tanks and four armored vehicles belonging to the Ansarullah fighters were also destroyed in the airstrike, the official added.
The airstrike came against the backdrop of ongoing battle between fighters of the Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi fighters and al-Qaeda militants in the area.
In Ta’izz, southwest Yemen, more than a dozen people, including three civilians, were killed in the clashes.
Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26, without a United Nations mandate, in a bid to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The Houthis say Hadi’s government failed to properly run the affairs of the country and contain the growing wave of corruption and terror.
According to reports, over 2,600 people, including women and children, have so far lost their lives in the Saudi attacks, which have also upended the humanitarian situation. Yemenis face shortage of food, water, fuel and vital medicines.