Yemeni army forces have reportedly launched an airstrike against a position of Saudi-sponsored paid fighters, backed by the US, in the country’s western coastal province of Hudaydah and its naval forces have also targeted and destroyed a Saudi military boat off the war-torn country’s northwestern coast, killing all aboard the vessel.
A Yemeni military source said Yemeni army forces attacked Saudi paid fighters in the Anbarah military base on Wednesday, using a domestically-designed and –manufactured Qasif-1 (Striker-1) combat drone.
The al-Masirah television network reported that the retaliatory attack of the naval force by Yemen army forces took place off the Midi coast .
A source in the naval force told Al-Masirah Net that all the crew members of the military boat were killed in the attack.
Ten days ago, the naval and coastal defense forces carried out a special operation targeting a group of Saudi border guards boats in Jizan port.
The Saudi-led coalition has not yet commented on the counter-attack, which came amid a rise in its airstrikes on the port city of Hudaydah, a lifeline for millions of people.
In addition, air force and artillery force of the Yemeni army forces launched a joint attack on the paid fighters’ gatherings on the West Coast front after careful monitoring at Nakhelah district, leaving huge casualties in the paid fighters lives and equipment.
Yemeni Air Force carried out several air strikes on Camp Antara by a drone, Qasif1, on troopers and paid fighters gatherings on West Coast.
It is worth mentioning that air force and artillery Fforce of the Yemeni army forces carried out in the 7th of this month a joint operation on the gatherings of paid fighters north of the Nakhilah in the West Coast and causing losses in many gear, and the operation after careful monitoring of their movements.
Later in the day, Yemeni army forces fired two home-grown Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) ballistic missiles at the gatherings of Saudi soldiers and their paid fighters south of the al-Khobe district in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan.
Also on Wednesday, five civilians lost their lives when Saudi fighter jets struck al-Jaah area in Yemen’s Hudaydah province.
A civilian was also killed and another sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes bombarded Barkan area in the Razih district of Yemen’s northwestern mountainous province of Sa’ada.
Earlier reports suggested that 86 Yemenis had over the past two days fallen victim to Saudi-led air raids on the strategic Red Sea port city.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
The US-Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive on Hudaydah on 12 June in the largest battle of the war that the United Nations fears risks triggering a famine in Yemen where an estimated 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation. Recently, It has been paused for peace talks, but no deal has been struck leaving Yemenis pessimistic over a viable political process.
Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi(Ansarallah) movement, which is the main force that faces the coallition, said on a TV speech ,” The decision of invading the Yemeni ,western coast, has been taken and adopted by the United States of America,noting that the Saudis are trying to abolish Yemen’s freedom,” stressing that it was the people of Yemen’s right to defend their country.
The Bab el-Mandab Strait, which is the southern entrance to the Red Sea, is one of the world’s key shipping lanes for crude oil and allows crude exports into the European market.
The United Nations said more than 350,000 people have been displaced from the strategic Red Sea port town of Hudaydah in western Yemen since June.Deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said during a press conference on Monday that violent clashes have erupted in the city over the past few days, especially in the Ad Durayhimi district.He added that emergency humanitarian assistance has already been provided to more than 90 per cent of those displaced.
A report released by Human Rights Watch warned Britain, France and the United States that they risked complicity in unlawful attacks in Yemen by continuing to supply arms to Saudi Arabia.