Yemeni armed forces have fired a domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan, in retaliation for military strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition.
At least eleven civilians have been killed when Saudi warplanes conducted a series of aerial attacks against residential areas across Yemen as the Riyadh regime continues with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its impoverished neighbor.
On September 9, forces backed by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia launched a new offensive around Yemen’s port of Hodeida, through which flows 70 percent of the supplies for eight million people in danger of starvation. On Wednesday, the Saudi-UAE coalition claimed to have blocked two key supply routes into the city, which is held by Houthis who form one side in Yemen’s war. The fighting renews the risk that the hunger and epic cholera epidemic stalking Yemen will spiral out of control — a threat the United Nations has repeatedly cited in calling for a cease-fire.
The United Nations has warned about the rapidly worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen’s blockaded Hudaydah as fighting between the country’s army troops, backed by fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, and militiamen loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi resumed in the port city following the collapse of the latest round of UN-brokered peace talks.
The ongoing aggression by the Saudi-led coalition has devastated Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. The war is estimated to have cost the Saudis upwards of $100 billion, eroded the international image of the kingdom and failed to achieve any of its objectives.
The spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says the United Nations cannot put an end to the almost three-and-a-half years old Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of innocent civilians and left the country’s critical infrastructure in ruins.