Yemen forces seize two Saudi Arabian villages

Published September 7th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
A Saudi soldier on an armoured personnel carrier at a post on the Saudi-Yemeni border in southwest Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
A Saudi soldier on an armoured personnel carrier at a post on the Saudi-Yemeni border in southwest Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)

Yemeni forces have reportedly seized two villages in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border province of Jizan amid Riyadh’s relentless military aggression against Yemen.

On Wednesday, Yemeni forces gained control over the al-Qarn and Dafinah villages in al-Khobe district, located 967 kilometers (601 miles) southwest of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, following fierce exchanges of gunfire with Saudi troops there, al-Masirah reported.

Tens of Saudi soldiers lost their lives during the bloody clashes, and scores of others sustained gunshot wounds.

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi fighter jets carried out a raft of airstrikes against the positions of the Yemeni forces in the villages as part of attempts to retake them.

Yemeni forces have stepped up their retaliatory strikes against Saudi Arabia in response to the intensification of the military campaign by Riyadh.

On Tuesday, Yemeni snipers fatally shot a Saudi soldier in the vicinity of a dam located about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) southwest of Najran.

Fighters from Popular Committees, who are fighting alongside the Yemeni army against the Saudi invaders, also engaged Saudi forces in an area of the al-Khobe district, killing five soldiers.

Separately, Yemeni army units fired several Katyusha rockets at al-Shorfa al-Fawaz, al-Sadis and al-Homar military camps in Najran. However, there were no reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

The regular Yemeni army forces and the Popular Committees also fired a missile at an electrical substation in the Dhahran district of Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Asir on Tuesday.

The projectile caused a raging fire in the substation, and gutted six military vehicles parked there.

According to Yemeni local media, more than 65 Saudi soldiers lost their lives as a result of joint attacks by Yemeni army units and Popular Committees last month.

Moreover, Yemeni army soldiers attacked militiamen loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi — who has resigned as Yemen’s president — in the Khabb wa ash Sha’af district of Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf, leaving eight people dead.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015, with the UN putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched to Hadi.

On Wednesday, Saudi fighter jets struck the Razih district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada, leaving a child dead and six others injured.

Saudi military aircraft also carried out three airstrikes against the Baqim district, and bombarded a school in the Sahar district of the same Yemeni province. No possible casualties and damage were reported.

Four civilians sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes pounded the Fisheries Building in the southern Yemeni port city of Mokha, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a.


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