Saturday 04 April 2020

Yemeni forces size major military base in Ma’rib from Saudi-backed militants

Yemeni army, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have reportedly seized control of a strategic military base in the country’s central province of Marib from Saudi-backed militants.

Local sources, requesting not to be named, said Yemeni troops and their allies established full control over Kofel camp in the Sirwah district, which lies about 120 kilometers east of the capital Sana’a, on Tuesday morning after Hadi loyalist fled the area in the wake of the former’s multi-pronged operation, Arabic-language al-Khabar al-Yemeni news website reported.

Yemeni air defenses thwart Saudi airstrike in Sirwah

Moreover, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said the country’s air defense units had managed to thwart Saudi-led airstrike against areas in Ma’rib Province.

Saree said a squadron of Saudi-led fighter jets sought to bombard areas in the Sirwah district early on Tuesday, when the domestically-built and long-range Fater-1 (Innovator-1) surface-to-air missile defense system intercepted the jets and forced them off Yemeni airspace.

The high-ranking Yemeni military official noted that the aircraft left the area without carrying out any act of aggression.

The development came only a day after Fater-1 missile defense system foiled an airstrike by a squadron of Saudi F-15 fighter jets against areas in the in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf, located approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of Sana'a.

Yemeni army air defenses had intercepted two Saudi-led F-16 warplanes in the skies of Jawf two days earlier, deterring the aircraft from carrying out any act of aggression.

Yemeni armed forces unveiled Fater-1 along with other domestically-built long-range, surface-to-air missile defense systems on February 23.

Minister of Defense Major General Mohamed al-Atefy, Chairman of the General Staff Major General Mohamed al-Ghammari and Brigadier General Saree were in attendance during the event.

The systems have entered service following successful tests, the official announced at the time.

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