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Yemeni forces hit gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries in Hajjah with missile

Iran Press TV

Thu Sep 26, 2019 06:09PM

Yemeni forces have targeted a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah with a domestically-manufactured missile.

Citing an unnamed military source, Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that Yemeni missile defense units successfully hit a gathering of Saudi mercenaries south of Heyran district with a Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missile on Thursday.

The report said the missile successfully hit its designated target and killed or wounded a number of mercenaries.

The retaliatory missile attack came a day after the Yemeni army targeted the same area with six missiles of the same type, killing or wounding an unspecified number of Saudi mercenaries, the report further said.

Yemeni forces regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Saudi war, which began in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall the country's Riyadh-allied former regime and crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.

On September 14, Yemeni combat drones struck Saudi Arabia's oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, cutting the kingdom's output by 5.7 million barrels a day.

The attacks led to a halt in about 50 percent of the kingdom's crude and gas production, causing a record surge in oil prices.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi war has claimed more than 91,000 lives over the past four and a half years.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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