TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, shot dead eight Saudi soldiers in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Najran, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s military campaign against the country.
A military source told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni forces shot and killed eight Saudi troopers near al-Sadees area in southwestern Najran province, on Saturday afternoon.
More reports from Yemen’s Hajjah province indicated that Yemeni forces fired at least two Zelzal 1 missiles as well as a number of Grad missiles at Saudi Arabian and Sudanese mercenaries’ gathering centers north of the Midi border area in the province, which resulted in killing and wounding a number of them.
Yemeni forces also on Saturday night repelled a massive attack by the Saudi-backed mercenaries in the Al-Jubailya area of al-Tahita region in al-Hudaydah province.
A military source said that the Saudi-backed aggressors continued to carry out massive attacks on the positions of the Yemeni army and Popular Committees in the west coast region of Al-Jubailya, where the Yemeni forces inflicted casualties on the attackers.
The source also reported the deaths and injuries of a large number of Saudi- backed mercenaries and the destruction of several enemy military vehicles during the operations.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.
According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.
The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.