The Yemeni military officials say Saudi aircraft have recently dropped weapons to militants in the southern city of Ta’izz.
military confirmed on Wednesday that the planes airdropped weapons on
areas where members of the Salafist Islah party are based, namely the
Masbah and Ajenat neighborhoods. The operation was carried out in two
phases on April 23.
Armed Yemenis inspect a box attached to a parachute airdropped by Saudi warplanes in Aden on April 3, 2015. © AFP
The jets airdropped a number of wooden boxes
containing various firearms, rockets, sniper rifles and sophisticated
communication instruments, the Yemeni military officials added.
warplanes had also dropped weapons to terrorists in the southern port
city of Aden in early April. The reports, citing unnamed local military
officials, said the terrorists had gained access to the munitions,
noting that sophisticated communication equipment and advanced combat
medical kits were also among the items airdropped.
armed man inspects a box attached to a parachute airdropped by Saudi
warplanes at the special forces camp in the Tawahi district of Aden,
southern Yemen, April 3, 2015. © AFPThe UN Security Council has imposed an arms embargo against Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Arabia launched its airstrikes against Yemen on March 26, without a
United Nations mandate, in a bid to undermine the Houthis and to restore
power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is
a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The regime’s warplanes have repeatedly
targeted residential areas in a number of cities including Aden and
Ta’izz, as well as the capital, Sana’a.
On April 21, Riyadh
announced the end of the first phase of its unlawful military operation,
which has claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people so far, but
airstrikes have continued with Saudi bombers targeting different areas
across the country in a new phase.
According to Yemen’s Health Ministry, the month-long Saudi aggression has killed nearly 150 children and around 100 women.