TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Dozens of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have been killed and scores of others sustained injuries when Yemeni army forces fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at their base in the country’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.
A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni soldiers and their allies launched a Qaher 2-M (Subduer 2-M) missile at al-Khayami base on Monday afternoon.
The source added that the attack left more than 35 Hadi loyalists dead and over 20 others injured.
However, medical officials close to Hadi, whose forces control the southwestern province of Aden, claimed that only 12 people were killed in the attack.
They added that the missile attack took place during a military parade and one of its main targets was Hadi’s deputy interior minister, who was present at the parade.
A cameraman for the Yemeni Balqis television network was among those killed in the incident.
Yemeni army troops and Popular Committees' fighters also launched a volley of Katyusha rockets and artillery rounds at a gathering of Saudi mercenaries north of the coastal fishing village of Yakhtul in the same Yemeni province.
Later in the day, Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike on a residential building in the al-Azqoul area of Sahar district in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, killing all three members of a family.
Saudi warplanes also bombarded the building of the national television station Yemen TV in the Ath'thaorah district of Sana’a Province.
The aerial attack badly damaged the network’s building. There were however no immediate reports of casualties.