Yemeni armed forces have brought downed a Saudi Apache helicopter near the city of Ma’rib in central Yemen as Riyadh continues with its deadly aggression against its southern neighbor, reports say.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - Yemeni armed forces have brought downed a Saudi Apache helicopter near the city of Ma’rib in central Yemen as Riyadh continues with its deadly aggression against its southern neighbor, reports say.
Yemeni military sources confirmed on Sunday that army soldiers backed by popular committees had downed a Saudi Apache helicopter after firing a missile in the al-Safer area.
Reports say the Yemeni army and volunteer forces also launched counterattacks on Saudi soldiers, inflicting serious damage on them.
Earlier, 10 people were reported killed and more than 50 others wounded in an attack by Saudi warplanes in Yemen’s Ibb Province.
It came a day after a total of 100 Yemenis were killed in Saudi airstrikes on the northwestern Yemeni provinces of Sana’a, Sa’ada and Ma’rib.
According to a report published on September 19 by the Yemen’s Civil Coalition NGO, 6,091 Yemenis, including 3,006 women and children have been killed in six months of Saudi Arabian airstrikes. The report also said that 13,552 people --2,997 women and children-- have also been injured during this time period.
Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Riyadh has been targeting Yemeni infrastructure and residential areas in its airstrikes, in defiance of international conventions.
Saudi Arabia has been reportedly using cluster bombs in Yemen.
Houthi fighters release six foreign hostages
Yemen’s Ansarullah Houthi fighters have released six foreign captives, including two Americans, three Saudis and a British citizen.
The hostages, held for months by the Yemeni fighters, were released on Sunday and later flown from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, to neighboring Oman.
Oman’s Foreign Ministry, which helped negotiate their release, said in a statement that the hostages were released following mediation efforts by the country’s diplomats acting on behalf of Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The two Americans were identified as Scott Darden, an employee of a logistics company, and security consultant Sam Farran.
They were arrested along with the British national in the early days of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen in late March. Their release appears to be a goodwill gesture by the Ansarullah ahead of UN-brokered peace talks later this week.
Both the US and the UK have been supporting the Saudi onslaught against Yemen by supplying arms to the aggressors and providing them with intelligence and logistical support.