Yemenis hail ballistic missile attack on Saudi-backed forces in Mokha
Tens of Saudi-Backed Militias Killed in Yemeni Forces’ Missile Attack in Ta’iz
The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their advances against the Saudi-backed militants in Ta’iz province, inflicting major losses on them. “Over 70 Saudi-hired mercenaries were killed and wounded in a missile attack by the Yemeni forces in the coastal city of al-Mukha in Ta’iz province,” a Yemeni security source said. The source noted that the Saudi-backed militias’ military hardware also sustained heavy damage in the missile attack.
In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Yemeni army and popular forces’ missiles and artillery units pounded a strategic military bases in Najran province in the Southern part of Saudi Arabia. “The concentration center of the Saudi-led troops in Saudi Arabia’s National Guards military base at the entrance of al-Khazra region in Najran province was destroyed in artillery and Katyusha rocket attacks on Tuesday night,” the Yemeni army’s missile unit announced in a statement. The Yemeni army also announced that it has fired a mid-range ballistic missile at the gathering centers of the Saudi-backed militias in Bab al-Mandab region.
Also on Tuesday, the Yemeni army and popular forces pounded and destroyed a strategic military base in Jizan province with BM-27 Uragan rockets. Mostahdas military base in Jizan province was destroyed with at least four BM-2 Uragan rockets fired by the Yemeni forces’ missile units. The Yemeni army’s missile unit in a statement confirmed that the Uragan rockets precisely hit the target. The Yemeni army has announced several times that it will hit Saudi Arabia’s military positions if the Saudi-led coalition aircraft continue striking the Yemeni people.
The BM-27 Uragan (GRAU index 9P140) is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system designed in the Soviet Union. It began its service with the Soviet Army in the late 1970s, and was its first modern spin and fin stabilized heavy multiple rocket launcher.
Also on Sunday, the Yemeni army fired a ballistic missile at the strategic al-Shaqiq power plant in Jizan province in the kingdom’s Southern part in reaction to Riyadh’s continued air raids on innocent civilians across Yemen. “The missile hit the target with high precision,” the Arabic-language al-Massira television quoted a military source as saying. Al-Shaqiq power plant supplies electricity of most of Saudi Arabia’s military bases. There were no immediate reports on the damages caused to the power plant, but the Yemeni missile attacks usually inflict heavy losses on the Saudi forces. Al-Shaqiq power plant generates 2,640 megawatts of electricity and it has been built by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Company at a cost of $3.3 billion.
Also on Monday, the Yemeni army and popular forces in a statement announced that their ballistic missiles are capable of passing through Patriot anti-ballistic missile interceptors. The missiles possessed by the Yemeni army and Ansarullah have high-precision capabilities so that the third generation of Patriot missile defense systems cannot track them, the Arabic-language al-Massira news channel reported. The US equipped Saudi Arabia with advanced Patriot anti-ballistic missile interceptors in 2016. Defense analysts believe that overcoming and evading Patriot anti-ballistic missile system is a major achievement for the Yemeni army and popular forces. US Arab allies have sought to bolster their ballistic missile capabilities and anti-ballistic missile defense after the Iran nuclear agreement with the world powers.
In May 2015, the United States and Persian Gulf Arab countries agreed to expand defense cooperation. Saudi Arabia was the world’s largest importer of arms in 2014, primarily purchasing weapons from the United States. Yemenis in the capital Sana’a have hailed a recent missile attack that killed a top Saudi-backed commander near Mokha. They believe that such attacks as well as those on targets inside Saudi Arabia must continue in order to pressure Riyadh into ending its war on Yemen.
Yemen. Houthis destroyed the car of a Saudi mercenaries and a few blew up on a mine in the district of al-Khadra. The province of Najran.
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AFP news agency