TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemen’s army and popular committees are using drones as a new weapon in their attacks on Saudi soil in retaliation for the Riyadh-led coalition’s offensives against the Arabian Peninsula country, a senior commander of the army said.

Speaking to the Press Shia News Agency, Brigadier General Abed bin Mohammed al-Thawar pointed to the Saud-led coalition’s massive attacks on Yemen’s western port city of Hudaydah and said, "Our drones' flights deep into Saudi Arabia and the attacks on the economic companies of this regime were our repose to the massive heliborne operation (carried out by Saudi-led forces) on the west coast region to take control of Hudaydah.”

He further emphasized that all attempts by the Saudi-led coalition to occupy the strategic city of Hudaydah have failed thanks to the endeavors by “heroes” of the army and popular committees.  

“The strategic depth of the enemy, (namely) Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is within our reach,” he said, adding, “(Reaching) no distance is difficult for us and the enemy will witness the impact of these weapons and their strength.”

“All military, economic and political sites of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are within the range of our weapons,” the commander noted.

Backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, Emirati forces and militants loyal to Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, launched the Hudaydah offensive on June 13 despite international warnings that it would compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.

Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.