Yemen Fires Ballistic Missile at Saudi Gatherings in Asir

Yemen Fires Ballistic Missile at Saudi Gatherings in Asir

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Yemeni army forces fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Asir in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s relentless military aggression against the impoverished Arab country.

The missile command of the Yemeni army on Friday fired a ballistic missile dubbed “Zelzal-2” at Saudi positions in the al-Alab border crossing of Asir region, Saba news agency reported.

Recently, Yemen's Defense Ministry said the country's air defense forces had shot down a fighter jet in Asir.

In a statement, the ministry said on Thursday that the fighter jet belonging to the Royal Saudi Air Force had been hit in the Asir region as it was returning from Yemen's northern province of Sa'ada.

According to Yemeni military officials, the invading aircraft had taken part in deadly airstrikes against residential neighborhoods in the Arab country.

In January, Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement released footage of the moment its forces shot down an F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Saudi air force.

In June last year, Yemeni air defense forces also intercepted and shot down a Saudi F-15 fighter jet in the skies over Sana’a.

Yemeni forces regularly fire ballistic missiles at positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out attacks against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

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