Houthi forces in Yemen, which control much of the country, launched a coordinated drone attack on Saudi Arabian positions, which includes a refinery as well as two airports, military sources in Sana’a reported on Saturday.
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This attack comes a day after the Yemeni army spokesman, General Yahya Sari, warned of the serious consequences for the forces of aggression as a result of their scale against the country.
Earlier, fighter jets from the Saudi-led coalition launched 65 strikes in various Yemeni provinces.
The military spokesman said at a televised press conference on Saturday that the group had targeted Aramco refineries in Jeddah, as well as military targets in Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Jizan and Najran.
Sari said the attacks were in response to the escalation of “aggression” by the Saudi-led Arab coalition “and the continuation of its crimes and siege” of Yemen.
The operation, called Deterrence Balance 8, has been carried out with the support of the Yemeni popular movement Ansarolá and using four Samad-3 unmanned aircraft (drones).
According to General Sari, Yemeni forces have also attacked with four Samad-2 drones against the Saudi King Abdullah air base and the facilities of the state oil company Aramco, in the city of Jeddah, in the east of the Arab country.
What’s more, the Yemeni military has launched drone strikes against Abha airport, as well as military targets in the Yizan and Nayran regions, all in southwestern Saudi Arabia.
Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels said they used drones to attack Saudi Aramco refineries and King Abdullah airport in Jeddah, as well as targets at Abha airport.
Since the forced departure of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in 2015, who to this day is recognized as Yemen’s top president by the United Nations (UN), a conflict has started between the Houthi forces and the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. .
The group of Houthis, Shiite Muslims who carried out a coup in September 2014 to restore former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to power.
In March 2015, Saudi Arabia, a neighboring country very rich in oil, together with other Arab countries and supported by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, launched air strikes against Yemen. The objective was to destroy the Houthi guerrillas, backed by Iran, and thus give support to the Hadi government.
But that intervention failed and since then Yemen has been mired in permanent conflict, to which are added the attacks by the terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and other terrorist groups related to the Islamic State (IS).
According to the United Nations World Food Program, more than 20 million people need humanitarian aid to survive and up to 4 million have had to flee their homes as a result of the bombings and violence, thus becoming internally displaced.