The Yemeni Army says it has been intercepted and struck another Saudi spy drone over oil-producing province of Ma’rib.
Yemeni air defense units could shoot down a US-made Boeing Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle as it was carrying out hostile acts over the al-Jubah district on Saturday morning, spokesman for the armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.
It was the second such act of defense in less than a week as Yemeni army forces and their allies intercepted and downed a Chinese-made CH-4 combat drone with a surface-to-air missile on Wednesday as it was flying over al-‘Amshiyah area in the Harf Sufyan district of Yemen's northwestern province of ‘Amran.
Also on November 13, Saree said on Twitter that Yemeni air defense units had used a “suitable” domestically-developed surface-to-air missile to shoot down a US-made Boeing Insitu ScanEagle spy drone over the al-Jubah district in Ma’rib province.
Yemeni army forces and fighters from the Popular Committees also shot down a Saudi ScanEagle reconnaissance drone on November 9, as the aircraft was flying over the same district of Ma’rib province.
Saudi warplanes pound Yemeni capital overnight
Saudi fighter jets carried out a fresh round of airstrikes against targets in and around the Yemeni capital Sana’a in the early hours of Saturday.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that Saudi warplanes launched two airstrikes against an area close to the Military Academy, with no reports of casualties immediately available.
Saudi military aircraft also conducted two strikes against Sana’a International Airport, but there were no immediate reports about possible casualties.
‘Saudi-led coalition has looted millions of barrels of oil’
The Yemen Petroleum Company (YPC) said the Riyadh regime and its regional allies have plundered 4.4 million barrels of Yemeni crude oil since mid-November.
Managing director of the company Ammar al-Adhrae'i told Yemen’s official Saba news agency on Friday that the value of the looted national asset is estimated to stand at over 303 million US dollars.
He noted that the Saudi-led alliance continues to impound fuel tankers off the coast of Yemen, despite the fact that the vessels have been inspected and obtained entry permits from the United Nations.
Adhrae'i highlighted that the Saudi-led coalition loaded the tanker Andromeda with two million and 400 thousand barrels of crude oil, and the vessel departed the Port of Ash Shihr Oil Terminal in Yemen’s east-central province of Hadhramaut en route to Singapore on November 19.
The YPC head said the shipment is estimated to be valued at 165.6 million dollars, with a barrel priced at $69.
Adhrae'i pointed out that Sea Trus ship was laden with approximately one million barrels of crude oil. The vessel left the Radhum port in Shabwah province on November 17, and its consignment was later sold.
Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.
The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.