Yemeni forces kill 50 Saudi troops in missile attack

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Loyalists of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi gather next to tanks on a road on the outskirts of the southern city of Aden, on April 30, 2015. A Saudi-led coalition pressed on with air strikes against Shiite rebels in south Yemen. The Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced Hadi to flee overseas, have demanded a complete end to a month of Saudi-led air strikes against them as a condition for UN-sponsored talks. AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI

Yemeni forces have managed to kill at least 50 Saudi troops, including commanders, in a ballistic missile attack in the country’s northern Jawf province.

The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, targeted a Saudi military installation in Beir al-Maraziq region with a Qaher 1 ballistic missile in the early hours of Wednesday, Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website added that a large number of Saudi troopers have also sustained injuries in the attack.

The Yemeni surface-to-surface missile also destroyed a number of military equipment of the installation and inflicted heavy damage to its infrastructure.

Separately, Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of the Saudi military and armored vehicles with artillery shelling in the al-Waze’yah district of the southwestern Ta’izz province and caused damage to the vehicles.

Yemenis carry out these attacks in retaliation for Saudi strikes, launched with the aim of undermining Houthi Ansarullah movement and bringing back to power the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes carried out multiple airstrikes on al-Matammah town in Jawf and killed at least 13 people. The aerial aggression targeted trucks carrying foodstuff.

Saudi Apache choppers also bombarded Khokha town in the western province of Hudaydah later in the day.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. At least 8,300 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed so far in the aggression and 16,015 others sustained injuries. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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