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Yemen/ Saudi update 3/01/2017..Houthis shelled by missiles “Katyusha” Saudi position in the province of Najran

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 19:16
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Yemen. The Houthis artillery shelling Saudi positions under the city Tuval. Province Jizan, Saudi Arabia.

Yemen. Houthis shelled by missiles “Katyusha” the Saudi position in the province of Najran, Saudi Arabia.

Houthis of ATGM fired machine Saudi mercenaries and captured the position of mercenaries East of the city of Mokha, province of Taiz.

Saudi Military Base Destroyed in Yemen’s Zalzal-2 Missile Attack

The Yemeni army and popular forces targeted and destroyed Saudi Arabia’s strategic military base with a Zalzal-2 missile in Najran province in the Southwestern part of the kingdom. The military positions of the Saudi army in Rajla military base in Najran province were destroyed in Yemen’s missile and rocket attacks. The Yemeni army also fired several Katyusha rockets at Rajla military base. A video released by the Yemeni army shows the moment the Zalzal-2 missile hits Rajla military base.

In a relevant development on Monday, the Yemeni army and popular forces’ missiles and artillery shells hit the strategic military bases of the Saudi troops in Najran and Jizan provinces in the Southern part of the kingdom, destroying a number of them. Saudi Arabia’s al-Shabakeh and al-Fawaz military bases were destroyed in the Yemeni forces’ offensives. Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces also hit al-Jabaneh, al-Sudanieh and al-Beit al-Abyaz military bases in Jizan province, inflicting heavy losses on the Saudi army troops. Meantime, a Saudi border guard was also killed in al-Hanjar military base in Assir province in the Southern part of Saudi Arabia.

Yemen’s First Home-Made Drone Brings Over 100 Saudi Towns, Vital Centers within Striking Range

The Yemeni army’s recently unveiled a suicide drone, Qasef-1 (Striker-1), is capable of striking targets in nearly 100 Saudi towns and 8 important centers, given its flight endurance and range. “The suicide drone, Qasef-1, has a flight range of 150km, meaning that if it takes off from bordering areas between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, it can hit targets in nearly 100 Saudi towns and 8 vital centers,” a Yemeni military source said on Wednesday.

Qasef-1 which has a wingspan of three meters and a hull length of 2.5 meters was unveiled earlier this week by the Yemeni army

The drone has a flight endurance of 120 minutes, and is capable of carrying a payload of 30 kilograms. The most important point about the drone is its warhead with the capability of carrying 30kg of explosives which can be used in suicide attacks against the Saudi targets. Another remote-controlled aircraft, dubbed Hudhud-1 (Hoopoe-1), which was unveiled this week by the Yemeni army has a flight endurance of 90 minutes, and an operational radius of up to 30 kilometers. It has a wingspan of 1.9 meters and a hull length of 1.5 meters. The Raqib (Rival) drone can fly as far as 15 kilometers for 90 minutes. It is used in reconnaissance missions and is capable of either storing information or transferring data via online connections.

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Arab Media: Differences Soaring between S. Arabia, UAE over Yemen

A leading Arab daily underlined widening gaps between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the threshold of the third year of war against Yemen. Al-Rai al-Youm newspaper referred to the unprecedented visit by fugitive Yemeni president Mansour Hadi to Abu Dhabi, and wrote in its editorial page that while the trip was aimed at soothing the wrath of the Emirati officials and narrowing the gaps, most reports show that the effort failed. The daily pointed to the low and inappropriate formalities extended to Mansour Hadi during his welcoming ceremony at the airport and the UAE officials’ repeated excuses for turning down meetings with him, and said Abu Dhabi degraded Hadi’s status to the level of a security official.

Also, according to the information released by the UAE media, Abu Dhabi has accused Mansour Hadi’s son and a number of other Saudi-led commanders in Southern Yemen of surrendering certain parts of Abyan province to the al-Qaeda terrorist group, the Arab paper added. Meantime, independent Yemeni sources told al-Rai that the disputes between the UAE and Hadi are just meant to derail attention from bigger differences between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh which might dissuade the UAE from continued membership in the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.

A Yemeni intelligence source disclosed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s attempts to reinvigorate al-Qaeda terrorist group in Abyan province through excessive arms shipments and aids. “The al-Qaeda terrorists have received a cargo of weapons sent by the Saudi mercenaries stationed in Ma’arib, near Akad heights in Lodar city of Abyan province,” the source told FNA. According to the Yemeni activists in the Southern parts of the country, the forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (fugitive president Mansour Hadi’s deputy commander of armed forces) have sent the arms to al-Qaeda after the terrorist group’s recent defeats in different cities of Abyan province, the source added. The al-Qaeda terrorist group is fighting against the Yemeni army and popular forces in Yemen, while multiple reports and documents show that the terrorists are operating for the Saudi army after working out a deal last year.


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