Yemeni missiles strike Saudi Aramco in response to the economic war waged by the coalition in Yemen
By: Yousra Abdulmalik
The Yemeni missile force has stepped up its ballistic operations against Saudi economic targets in response to the ongoing economic war and the suffocating siege imposed by the U.S backed ,Saudi-led coalition since March 2015.
The missile force of the Yemeni army forces ,recently, announced that it launched four Badr-1 ballistic missiles at Aramco’s refinery and the Saudi petrochemical factroy in the economic city, stressing that they hit their targets with high accuracy in Jizan.
The Saudis, in tweets , confirmed that they heard the sound of huge explosions ,whereas their echo was heard all over Jizan.
On Monday, Badr1 ballistic missile was fired at the oil company Aramco in retaliation for the economic war imposed by the coalition against the Yemeni people.
On Sunday, the air force carried out an air operation against large military gatherings of the Sudanese paid fighters in the Jizan sector, stressing that the operation achieved its objectives with high accuracy, causing dozens of dead and wounded.
In addition, the air force and the missile forces carried out a joint operation against military and vital targets of the Saudi army in different areas of the sector of Jizan.
Earlier in the same day, the missile force fired a medium-range ballistic missile at military gatherings of the coalition on the West Coast front, hitting its target with high accuracy, and killing dozens of them.
Furthermore , The Naval Force targeted a war-boat , belonging to the coalition off Jizan coast.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told YemenExtra that the frigate was targeted with a guided missile on Saturday afternoon.
The source added that the wounded sailors had been transported to local hospitals to receive medical treatment.
A source in the Naval Force said that “the process of targeting the Saudi barge came in response to the coalition operation against fishermen boats in the Yemeni coasts and islands.”
Spokesman for the Yemeni army forces , Colonel Sharaf Luqman, said that the operations of air , missile and naval forces were increased recently in response to the rise in the crimes of the coalition
He added that they were on a new stage of steadfastness and their options were open to respond to the coalition.
On the other hand,The General Authority for Fish Resources, on Saturday, announced that the victims of the fishermen by the coalition reached 442, stressing that the material losses of the fishing sector in the West Coast due to the direct aggression exceeded 5 billion dollars.
Head of the General Authority for Fish Resources, Abdul Qadir al-Wadai, told a joint news conference with the leadership of Hodeidah province that the US-Saudi aggression has committed dozens of crimes against Yemeni fishermen in the west coast of the country.
The attack took place off the port city of Hodeidah, near the island of Uqban, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported on Friday.
The head of the Yemeni Union of Fishermen said the attack targeted three fishing boats.
Last month, at least 55 people were killed after the coalition aircrafts hit a hospital and a fishing harbor in Hodeidah.
A separate coalition aerial attack hit a bus carrying a group of young schoolchildren in Yemen’s Sa’ada province, killing mor than 50 people, including 40 children.
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, its bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Sayyad Abdulmalik AL-Houthi , the leader of the Houthi(Ansarallah) movement, which is the main force that faces the coallition, said on a TV speech that Saudi Arabia is just a tool used by USA and Israel to fight Yemen to conquer it and wrestle control over Red Sea and Bab-AL-Mandab which will enable them to rule the world.
A number of cities and provinces in south Yemen are witnessing civil disobedience and angry popular protests denouncing the policies and economic measures taken by the coalition and the government of the fugitive former president,Hadi, which have caused the local currency to weaken against foreign currencies, leading to a drastic rise in the prices of food and basic commodities.
On Tuesday, a UN report read the high rate of civilian casualties in aerial assaults by the coalition on Yemen “may amount to war crimes.”
The report which was issued by the Group of International and Regional Eminent Experts on Yemen raised “serious concerns about the targeting process applied by the coalition.”
“Coalition airstrikes have caused most direct civilian casualties. The airstrikes have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats and even medical facilities,” the report said.