TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Yemen’s army and fighters from Popular Committees thwarted an infiltration attempt by Saudi-backed militants in the Arab country’s northern province of al-Jawf.

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A large number of Saudi-backed mercenaries were killed and injured after Yemeni troops encountered them in the district of Khab Weshaaf in Jawf, Saba news agency reported.

A similar attack was also repelled in Slba Valley in the same district, the report added.

Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by a Saudi-led coalition for more than four 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.

According to a recent UN report, the combined death toll from the Saudi-led aggression and disease is 233,000, or 0.8 percent of Yemen’s 30 million-strong population.