TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemen's Defense Ministry introduced a new locally developed surface-to-surface missile, the country’s official Saba news agency reported.

Yemeni troops and popular fighters on Friday successfully fired a new short-range ballistic missile at Saudi-backed militants and UAE forces in the western port city of Hudaydah, the defense ministry said in a statement.

The missile attack inflicted heavy losses on the militants in the western coast front.

The new ballistic missile’s specifications will be disclosed in the coming days, the statement added.

Since June 13, the Saudi-led coalition and its mercenaries have launched massive attacks to bring the port city under their control, but have failed to achieve their objective due to Yemenis’ resistance.

The United States, Britain and France have backed the coalition in the Yemen conflict and keep providing weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

While the Yemeni army and popular committees are fighting off the assailants and countering attacks on residential areas, international humanitarian organizations have warned of dire consequences of any escalation of violence around Hudaydah.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande recently said “as many as 250,000 people may lose everything -even their lives,” if there is a military attack on Hudaydah.