The drone units of the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah Popular Forces launched a full-scale attack at King Khalid Air Base in the Southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait where hangers of the Saudi warplanes have been hit with precision.
Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, said that Yemen’s Qasif-K2 drones bombarded warplanes’ hangers and other military objectives at the air base with precision munitions.
Saree underlined that the attack was in response to Saudi “brutalities against the people of Yemen”, reiterating that the attacks will go on till the Saudi-posed anti-Yemen siege is lifted.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need and is seeing a spike in needs, fueled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing economy and diminished social services and livelihoods. The blockade on Yemen has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to the import-dependent state.
The UN has repeatedly criticized the Saudi-UAE-led military coalition’s bombing campaign and placed it on a blacklist of child rights violators last year.
A UN panel has also compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.