Houthis reportedly fire Russian ballistic missile at Saudi forces

Published January 18th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT

Houthi rebels, backed by fighters from the allied popular committees, have reportedly carried out a missile attack against a hideout of Saudi foreign mercenaries in Yemen’s central province of Ma'rib.

A military source, requesting anonymity, said Houthi forces launched an OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missile at the al-Bairaq base late on Sunday, killing an unspecified number of Saudi and Emirati soldiers as well as members of Academi, the American security services training company, formerly known as Blackwater, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

The source added that the command center of the Saudi-led forces and several reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed in the attack.

On Sunday, Saudi fighter jets continued their aerial campaign against Yemen, pounding the Rashid industrial complex and a pharmaceutical company in the capital, Sana’a.

There were no immediate reports on the extent of the damage caused and possible casualties.

Furthermore, Saudi warplanes struck several airstrikes against Hamzah military base in the central Yemeni province of Ibb, but no words of fatalities were available.

Saudi military aircraft also bombarded the road linking Ma’rib Province to the northern province of al-Jawf, located approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of the capital, on a number of occasions.

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. The Saudi military strikes were launched to bring embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi back to power.

More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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

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