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Yemen Army Launches Drone Attack on Saudi Aramco Facility

Yemen Army Launches Drone Attack on Saudi Aramco Facility Yemen Army Launches Drone Attack on Saudi Aramco Facility
Theresa Hayes | 12 April, 2018, 07:29

Saudi Arabia's air defenses on Wednesday "intercepted" a ballistic missile fired from rebel-held Yemen at Riyadh, a military spokesman said, adding two others were shot down in southern Saudi Arabia.

While in Saudi Arabia, he reportedly plans to meet several Saudi-based Yemen officials, including President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resided in Riyadh for the past several months.

Yemen has been dogged by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

One of the drones was targeting the Abha worldwide airport in Asir province, which led to a temporary suspension of air traffic, and a second was approaching a "civilian object" in Jizan province, he said. At least one Saudi media outlet reported a drone crash at the airport had injured two airport workers.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict.

In September that year, Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo (known as "Hemeti"), commander of the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, admitted that about hundreds of Sudanese forces died in the Yemeni war since 2015. He has previously warned that Saudi Arabia reserves the right to respond against Iran.

Al-Masirah TV said the Houthis used a Qasef-1 drone to disrupt air traffic at Abha airport and to target a Saudi Aramco facility in Jizan in response to what it described as "Saudi-American crimes against Yemenis".

Saudi positions in Jizan were also targeted with a short-range Badr-1 missile on Wednesday.