Saudi friendly fire kills, injures several mercenaries in Yemen
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Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that the Saudi jets mistook a group of troops loyal to the former Riyadh-backed president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, for members of the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement in Qaniyah in Bayda Province on Wednesday.
The Saudi regime and an alliance of its vassal states launched the war in early March with the aim of reinstating Hadi -- a staunch ally of Riyadh -- and undermining the Houthi movement.
The campaign has failed to achieve its objectives amid firm resistance by Yemeni armed forces, led by the Houthi movement. The pro-Hadi militants fighting on the ground on behalf of the Saudi-led military alliance have been taking heavy blows from Yemeni forces on several fronts.
In another development on Wednesday night, Yemeni soldiers launched a drone strike against a position of Saudi mercenaries in the Nehm district, northeast of the capital, Sana’a, leaving several of them dead or wounded, al-Masirah reported.
The Riyadh-led war is estimated to have killed over 56,000 Yemeni people. Coupled with a naval blockade, the campaign has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and led to famine in the import-dependent state.
About 8.4 million Yemenis are now facing starvation. The number is likely to increase to 14 million.
Back in June, the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive on the port city of Hudaydah despite international warnings that it would compound the war-torn nation’s humanitarian crisis.
The aggressors have, however, failed to seize the strategic Red Sea port city.