Saudi Oil Facility in Jizan Targeted in Retaliatory Attack: Yemeni Army Spokesman
- July, 13, 2020 - 16:33
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the Arab country's missiles and drones hit Saudi Arabia’s strategic sites, including a giant oil facility during a major retaliatory operation on Monday.
In a statement on Monday, Saree said that many drones and high-precision ballistic missiles were used in the operation.
He said the operation targeted “military aircraft, pilot accommodation and Patriot systems” in the city of Khamis Mushait in the southwestern region of Asir.
Military targets at Abha, Jizan and Najran airports were also hit in the reprisal attacks, according to the statement.
The "giant oil facility in the Jizan industrial zone” was also targeted, Saree said, adding the strike was accurate, Press TV reported.
Saudi Arabia's state-run oil company Aramco operates a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Jizan, which lies nearly 60 km (40 miles) from the Yemeni border.
Elsewhere in his statement, Saree said Yemeni forces targeted Tadawin military camp in Yemen’s Ma’rib Province where senior Saudi military commanders and mercenaries were meeting, leaving dozens of them dead and injured.
The spokesman stressed that the attacks were conducted in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes that hit Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah on Sunday.
Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike on a neighborhood in the Washhah district of Hajjah on Sunday afternoon, killing nearly a dozen civilians, mostly women and children.
Saree warned that Yemeni forces would continue to conduct retaliatory attacks against the kingdom until the end of the Saudi aggression and blockade on Yemen.
The operation came after Saudi fighter jets on Sunday pounded the Washhah district in Hajjah, leaving ten civilians dead and two others injured.
The coalition invaded Yemen in 2015. Since then, over 100,000 people have been killed, according to the US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).