Massive blasts after Yemeni missile hits Saudi militants base in Marib
Yemeni forces have fired a domestically-designed ballistic missile at a position of Saudi militants loyal to the resigned Yemeni president in the country’s central province of Ma’rib.
Military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen News Portal website that massive explosions were heard Thursday evening as the missile hit an arms deport inside al-Khashina base south of the al-Juba district.
Other reports said a number of militants had been killed or injured in the attack.
Al-Khashina base is said to be one of the major bases of Saudi-backed militants in Ma’rib, and serves as the headquarters of the 26th Brigade of forces loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The development comes only a few days after Yemeni army troops and their allies seized full control over the Harib al-Qaramish district of Ma’rib province.
Media outlets associated with Hadi’s administration reported on Wednesday the death of Harib’s governor, Nasser Ali al-Qahati, during the confrontations that led to the district’s recapture.
Yemeni forces on Thursday fully liberated the strategic central province of al-Bayda, inflicting heavy blows to the Saudi-led military coalition and its Daesh and al-Qaeda allies, military spokesman General Yahya Saree said.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Hadi back to power and crushing popular Ansarullah movement.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis martyred, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.