Yemeni ballistic missile destroys Saudi positions in Asir: TV
The Yemeni army and allied fighters have hit military positions in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region with a ballistic missile and destroyed them, Yemen’s al-Masirah television said on Sunday.
A Zalzal 2 missile was fired at the Ain al-Thwareen base in retaliation for Saudi airstrikes, which hit its target and left an unknown number of casualties, it added.
Yemeni snipers also killed two Saudi troops at the Haskul military base in Jizan, while army artillery units pummeled the kingdom’s military positions in the region, the report said.
Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes bombed parts of Sa’ada, Hudaydah, and Hajjah provinces in northern Yemen.
In Sa’ada, five members of a family were killed after Saudi aircraft bombed a residence in the Baqim district.
Two more civilians were killed in Saudi air raids in al-Jarahi district in Hudaydah, while there was no immediate word on possible casualties in Hajjah which has been bombed 10 times over the past 24 hours.
Yemeni forces have stepped up their response to Saudi airstrikes with game-changer missile attacks which have become a major headache for the kingdom and its supporters.
On Thursday, the New York Times reported that about a dozen commandos with the US Army Special Forces, known as the Green Berets, had been deployed to Saudi Arabia’s southern border regions with the aim of countering Yemeni missiles.
The deployment came following reports that Patriot interceptors supplied by the US to Saudi Arabia were increasingly failing against missiles fired by Houthi fighters.
The secretive US mission, according to the report, is aimed at helping Saudi forces locate Yemeni missile launch sites and destroy the missile supplies of the Houthi movement.
Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen since 2015 and punishing it with a crippling blockade on Yemeni ports, airports and borders crossings, which has restricted food, aid and vital supplies from entering the impoverished country.