Yemen Steadily Boosting Missile, Drone Power: Minister
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Yemeni forces are constantly enhancing their military power in the missile and drone fields, a minister said, adding that some of the new achievements are so impressive that the Saudi-led invading coalition could not withstand them.
In an interview with Tasnim, Yemen’s Minister of Information Zaifullah al-Shami highlighted the Yemeni nation’s strong resistance to the acts of aggression by the Saudi-led military coalition, saying the great capabilities of the Yemeni forces have confused the invaders.
“Yemen’s missile and military power is growing day by day,” the minister stressed, adding that his country is working on several new achievements which the aggressors could not tolerate.
While the enemy was initially employing F-16 fighter jets and other weapons of offence in the war on Yemen, it has now become frightened and is looking for air defense systems such as the Patriot or S-400, Shami said.
The Yemeni nation’s resistance and the advances in Yemen’s missile and drone capabilities have inflicted a humiliating defeat on the aggressors, who are weighing plans to get out of a whirlpool they have been stuck in, he stated.
The minister went on to say that the “empire of advanced American weapons and their regional proxies” has collapsed in the face of the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees.
“The extensive military progress and the missile and drone power of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees have disabled the enemy from (creating) a military balance,” Shami added.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Official UN figures say that more than 15,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led bombing campaign began.
The Saudi war has impacted over seven million children in Yemen who now face a serious threat of famine, according to UNICEF figures. Over 6,000 children have either been killed or sustained serious injuries since 2015, UN children’s agency said. The humanitarian situation in the country has also been exacerbated by outbreaks of cholera, polio, and measles.