Saudi border guard killed by Yemen gunfire

Published February 23rd, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Yemeni conscripts leave after a suicide bomber killed at least 14 people at the Ras Abbas military camp in the west of the southern city of Aden on February 17, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
Yemeni conscripts leave after a suicide bomber killed at least 14 people at the Ras Abbas military camp in the west of the southern city of Aden on February 17, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)

Gunfire from neighboring Yemen killed a Saudi border guard on Tuesday, AFP reported. The Saudi-Yemen border has seen clashes and gunfire and shelling as Saudi Arabia is involved in a military operation in Yemen.

The guard was hit while on patrol in the border district of Najran, a spokesman from the interior ministry said.

Over 90 civilians and soldiers have died as a result of shelling and skirmishes along the border since last March, when the Saudi-led coalition launched its military intervention in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is backing Yemen's government, led by Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, against the Iran-supported Houthi rebels, who overran the capital, Sanaa, and forced the government into exile.

In Yemen, the United Nations says that more than 6,100 people have been killed in the conflict, about half of them civilians.


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