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Yemeni missile strike kills dozens of Saudi-led soldiers, mercenaries

Dozens of Saudi-led soldiers and Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have been killed when Yemeni army forces and their allies fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at their camp in the southern Yemeni provinces of Abyan.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said on Wednesday afternoon that Yemeni missile defense units launched a Qassim missile at al-Shajeri camp as Saudi coalition forces and their mercenaries were preparing to sneak towards areas in the province.

He added that the missile hit the designated target with great precision, leaving dozens of coalition members and Saudi-paid militiamen killed and injured. 

Saree highlighted that Yemeni Armed Forces have the upper hand to target all forces of the Saudi-led aggression and their mercenaries wherever they are.

Later in the day, Saudi-led fighter jets launched at least nine airstrikes against the Hazm district in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf. There were, however, no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Separately, Saudi-led warplanes struck Qaniya area in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda on four occasions, with no reports of casualties and damage immediately available.

 Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to bring Hadi back to power and crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the United States, France and the United Kingdom in their war on Yemen.

Riyadh and its allies have been widely criticized for the high civilian death toll resulted from their bombing campaign in Yemen.

The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.