By: Yousra Abdulmalik
The Air Defense of the Yemeni army forces, on Sunday, shot down a drone belonging to the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, in response to repeated violations and cluster bombs.
The spokesman of the Armed Forces said that the drone is a CH4-type and was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
The CH-4 is a fighting and reconnaissance drone at the same time. The wingspan of the CH-4 is 18 meters long and has a load weight of 1,350 k.g. Its maximum flight range is 5,000 kilometers and can range from 5,000 to 7,000 meters. The CH-4 has high aerodynamic efficiency using the antenna planning network, with a 20 to 22 cruise efficiency, the most advanced in the world. The CH-4 is the most powerful and best of the US UAV in terms of its ability to carry and its aeronautical efficiency, maneuvering in the air, and be able to monitor the field and perform combat tasks at the same time, including accurate strikes to targets fixed or moving at low speed on the ground.
On the same day, Army spokesman Brigadier Yahya Sariyah told al-Masirah TV that the Saudis have violated the Hudaydah ceasefire 223 times since December 17, when the truce took effect.
The ceasefire violations included 51 missile attacks, 155 cases of artillery fire and shelling as well as infiltration attempts, he added.
Saudi warplanes, Sariyah said, continue to fly intensely over Hudaydah. Over the past 48 hours, they have conducted 42 air raids on the provinces of Sa’ada, al-Jawf and Ma’rib.
The Hudayda truce was reached recently in Sweden during peace talks between delegations from the Houthis and Yemen’s former Saudi-allied regime.
The warring sides agreed to the withdrawal of their forces and the deployment of UN monitors to the port, the entry point for most of Yemen’s commercial goods and vital aid.
On December 3, the official went on to say that Saudi Arabia and its allies continue to target citizens with cluster bombs and internationally-banned arms in the northern province of Sa’ada and Hajjah, leaving 1,124 people dead and 1,665 others wounded.
Saree pointed out that most of the victims are children, and that most of the cluster bombs are made in American.
Also on Sunday, Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters thwarted an infiltration attempt by Saudi troops and their troops, killing and wounding scores of them in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan.
A Yemeni military official, requesting not to be named, said Yemeni troopers and their allies also managed to advance in the al-Maslub district of Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf. A number of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed and wounded in the process.
The development came a day after Yemeni missile defense units launched a domestically-developed Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) ballistic missile at a position of Saudi mercenaries east of al-Khobe district of Jizan, located 966 kilometers (600 miles) south of the Saudi capital Riyadh, killing and wounding many of them.
Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees also fired a salvo of Katyusha rockets at Holom military base in the Naqil al-Kashabeh district of Yemen’s southwestern province of Dhale. Several Saudi mercenaries were killed and wounded as a result.
In March 2015, the US-backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from traveling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.