After thousdans of civilians victimes, Yemenis respond with missiles
Yemeni armed forces have reportedly launched domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missiles at military targets in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border regions of Jizan and Asir in response to for strikes by the US-backed Saudi-led coalition.
According to a military official, two short-range Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles hit a gathering of the coalition’s paid fighters in the east of the mountainous area of al-Doud early on Thursday.
Yemeni army forces had, it added, hit another gathering of the coalition’s paid fighters in the Majaza border area of Asir with the same type of ballistic missile on Wednesday night.
The official read that another Zelzal-1 missile had also struck a group of the coalition military hardware and equipment in the Midi Desert in Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah Province earlier on Wednesday, inflicting damage.
Furthermore, it fired a barrage of Katyusha missiles towards gatherings of the coalition’s paid fighters in the province of Dhalea, leaving dozens of them dead and wounded.
Separately, over a dozen Yemeni fishermen lost their lives as the coalition fighter jets targeted their fishing boats off the coast of the western province of Hodeidah.
Additionally, Sheikhs and tribesmen of the capital of Sana’a held ,today, two rallies to condemn the ongoing war by the coalition on the Yemeni people.
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.
Human Rights Watch, last week, criticized the Riyadh regime’s “campaign to discredit and undermine a UN investigation into abuses by all Yemen’s warring parties,” calling it “yet another blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny of the coalition’s own actions in Yemen.”
On Friday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned attempts by the regime in Riyadh and its ally the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stop an investigation into crimes committed in Yemen.