Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters, backed by allied army units, have killed dozens of Saudi soldiers in a retaliatory attack in the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz.
According to a Tuesday report by Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency, Yemeni forces also seized a military base used by Saudi forces in Ta’izz and killed a senior Saudi commander.
Saudi troops later tried to take back the base; however, their struggle resulted in failure and the destruction of a number of their vehicles, the report said.
Ansarullah fighters also launched missile attacks on a base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan.
According to the report, the Yemeni army also launched rocket attacks on Saudi military bases in Zahran in the Asir border region of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Yemeni Popular Committees fired a number of missiles at Saudi bases in the al-Khobe district of Jizan.
Saudi soldiers from an artillery unit fire shells toward Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, southwestern Saudi Arabia, April 13, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Saudi fighter jets pounded various areas across Yemen, including the town of Tuhayta in the province of Hudaydah, the town of Bani Matar in Sana’a Province and a number of areas in the provinces of Hajjah and Sa’ada. Saudi artillery also fired shells toward different parts of the Kitaf region in Sa’ada.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported that two civilians were killed after Saudi warplanes bombarded the Razih district in Sa’ada.
Yemen has been witnessing ceaseless attacks by Saudi Arabia since March 26. The military strikes are supposedly meant to undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, back to power.
The Saudi aggression has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 7,100 people and injured nearly 14,000 others. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.