Jan 11, 2019 07:10 UTC
  • New combat drone used in airstrike against Saudi mercenaries: Yemeni Army

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces says army troopers and allied fighters from Popular Committees made use of a new domestically-developed combat drone in their air raid against Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi at an air base in the country’s Southwestern Province of Lahij.

According to Press TV, speaking during a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Thursday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree said Yemeni soldiers and their allies had attacked Saudi mercenaries at al-Anad Air Base with a Qasef K2 (Striker K2) drone.

He added that the new drone could strike its designated targets from 20 meters away, and that it could carry a large payload of explosive materials.

Saree further noted that dozens of high-ranking Saudi-paid militiamen were killed or injured in the aerial attack, noting that the injured mercenaries were transported by helicopter to Aden German International Hospital in the port city of Aden.

He pointed out that Saudi mercenaries were now in a state of panic and terror as a result of the high-precision military operation, stressing that their commanders would no longer be able to escape unscathed if they continued to serve the aggressors.

Meanwhile, at least nine Saudi-backed militiamen have been killed when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees launched separate attacks in Saudi Arabia’s southern border region of Jizan as well as the northern Yemeni Province of al-Jawf.

The media bureau of Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement said Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot five Saudi mercenaries in the Wadi Jarrah area of the region, located 966 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday evening.

Two other Saudi-sponsored militiamen were killed when Yemeni forces targeted them east of the mountainous Jabal al-Doud district.

Elsewhere in the Khabb and Sha'af district of Jawf Province, Yemeni sharpshooters killed two Saudi-backed militiamen.

Also on Thursday, Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees carried out offensives against the positions of Saudi mercenaries in the Tabishia’a area of Yemen’s southern coastal Province of Ta’izz, killing and injuring scores of the Saudi-paid militiamen in the process.