Members of Yemen’s Popular Committees together with Houthi Ansarullah fighters have seized a consignment of firearms and munitions that Saudi military aircraft had airdropped to allied militants in the southwestern province of Lahij.
Local sources, requesting anonymity, said Saudi jets airdropped the weapons close to al-Anad military airbase on Monday in the hope that they will be collected by forces loyal to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen-based Arabic-language Khabar news agency reported.
The ammunition, however, fell into the hands of Popular Committees fighters as well as Ansarullah revolutionaries, the sources added.
Saudi warplanes have repeatedly dropped weapons to militants supporting Riyadh’s military campaign against Yemen.
On April 3, Saudi aircraft airdropped a number of wooden boxes containing various firearms and ammunition in Aden, located approximately 420 kilometers (260 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a.
An unnamed local military official said at the time that militants had gained access to the munitions, noting that sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits were among the items airdropped.