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Yemeni army launches ballistic missile strike against military base in southwest Saudi Arabia
As the Yemeni army continues its advance on the oil-rich province of Marib, the UNSC has called for an "immediate" ceasefire
By News Desk - October 21 2021
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Yemeni armed forces announced on 21 October that a ballistic missile strike launched against a military base in the Saudi city of Jizan left 35 dead and destroyed several weapon depots.

“The operation targeted headquarters, weapons depots and apache aircraft,” armed forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Safy said, adding that the operation resulted in “the death and injury of more than 35 Saudis, including officers and apache pilots.”

The news comes on the same day as local sources revealed that four senior commanders of the Saudi-led coalition were killed in Yemen’s strategic Marib province following clashes with the advancing Yemeni army and Popular Committees (local armed groups).

Sources did not clarify the exact time or place of the deaths of the coalition commanders.

The Yemeni army has continued its advance to liberate Marib province, the last northern bastion of the Saudi-led coalition, and home to the parallel government’s Defense Ministry.

The Yemeni army and Popular Committees have also intensified their push to drive out Al-Qaeda and ISIS militants holed up in Marib, most recently liberating Al-Abdiyah district from the grip of militants.

With the liberation of Marib province looming on the horizon, the UN Security Council called for an urgent ceasefire across Yemen on 20 October.

“The members of the Security Council demanded an immediate nationwide ceasefire, in accordance with resolution 2565 (2021), and called for the resolution of differences through inclusive dialogue and the rejection of violence to achieve political goals,” Security Council President Martin Kimani said via a statement.

In particular, the UNSC called for the “immediate end to the [Ansarallah movement] escalation in Marib,” while also condemning the Yemeni government’s attacks on the Saudi-led coalition – ignoring the dozens of airstrikes Saudi warplanes have carried out across Marib province in recent weeks.

In 2015, and with the support of NATO allies, Saudi troops invaded Yemen hoping to overthrow the popular Ansarallah movement and restore the previous, western-friendly administration to power.

Since then, the Arab world’s poorest nation has sunk into a humanitarian crisis described by the UN as the worst in the world. Earlier this week, UNICEF estimated that the war has killed or injured at least 10,000 Yemeni children.

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