Riyadh (GPA) – In retaliation for the ongoing airstrike campaign, aggression, and siege, Yemen’s resistance struck the King Khalid International Airport with a homemade, long-range ballistic missile.
Just over the past week, Yemen has endured hundreds of airstrikes as well as two particularly devastating attacks which took the lives of nearly 70 civilians.
Since Saudi Arabia launched their war against Yemen in 2015, nearly 10,000 have lost their lives due to airstrikes and military operations. Saudi attacks typically target civilian infrastructure including homes, markets, hotels, factories, shipyards, farms, cars, and more.
Tens of thousands more have died as a result of the ongoing siege and blockade which has effectively turned Yemen into an open-air prison by restricting imports, exports, and movement. Nearly 7 million Yemenis face famine and 17 million remain food insecure. Due to lack of medical supplies and sanitation equipment, roughly 3,000 have died and 1 million are expected to become infected by the year’s end. The blockade also prohibits public workers such as nurses, doctors, teachers, and sanitation workers from receiving salaries.
Yemenis with health conditions die every day due to the restricted flow of movement and closure of the Sana’a airport.
Yemen’s resistance has drastically increased their military capabilities as a defensive tool against this aggression. This includes manufacturing long-range ballistic missiles and anti-air sniper rifles. The Sana’a-based forces have also increased maritime and special operations capabilities.
Mainstream outlets like CNN quickly (and incorrectly) reported that Saudi forces had intercepted the missiles. Video from the ground proves otherwise. Flight data also shows that the event impacted travel and delayed flights for hours.
This should come as no surprise since outlets like CNN receive their information directly from Saudi authorities and officials. Regional powers like the UAE and Saudi Arabia are reluctant when announcing losses in Yemen due to the high number of casualties at the hands of Yemen’s resistance.
The war against Yemen would not be possible without support from the United States and Riyadh’s other western allies.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi is an American geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen and Lebanon.