Houthi rebels fire missiles on Saudi base in Marib

Published January 17th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT

Yemeni Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi rebels targeted a Saudi-held military base in Yemen’s central province of Marib with a ballistic missile. 

The Tochka missile hit the base used by Saudi hired-fighters on Saturday, inflicting heavy damage on the facility.

In another development, Yemeni snipers killed four Saudi troops in the Taval border crossing in the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region. Following the incident, Saudi warships launched missile attacks on the area.

Also on Saturday, Houthi forces fired a number of rockets and missiles at military bases in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Najran Province, and foiled a Saudi attack on the Jebel Hilan in Marib, Yemen’s official SABA Net news agency reported.

On Sunday, Saudi warplanes continued their aerial campaign against Yemen, pounding the Rashid industrial complex and a pharmaceutical company in the capital, Sanaa. Saudi fighter jets also targeted Hamzah military base in the central Ibb Province seven times.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel also reported that Saudi fighter jets carried out over 40 air raids on the route connecting the provinces of Marib and al-Jawf. 

Riyadh began its military aggression against Yemen in late March 2015. The strikes are aimed at the Houthi opposition, in support of former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since the strikes began. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure.

Houthi forces have, meanwhile, been carrying out reprisal attacks on the Saudi forces deployed in the country as well as targets inside Saudi Arabia.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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