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Yemen Tribal Forces Control Saudi Military Site, Riyadh Fails to Restore It

12 April 2015 15:54


Yemeni tribal forces attacked a Saudi military site near the northern Yemeni border city of Saada, killing several Saudi soldiers, sources said.

Forces of Takhya tribe launched a surprise attack on al-Manara military base in the Saudi territories near the Yemeni border, according to the Yemeni sources, who said that tribesmen managed to control the site.

The attack took place late on Saturday. On Sunday, the Saudi land forces, backed by air forces, were trying to restore the base. However, they failed to do so, the Yemeni sources said.Yemen Tribal Forces Attack Saudi Military Site, Kill Soldiers

The tribesmen also seized large amounts of arms and ammunition, as well as a number of military vehicles from Saudi forces.

The sources noted that the Saudi forces were shocked by the attack, adding that Saudi airstrikes were reported in the area following the attack.

Reports said that the attack was in retaliation for repeated Saudi aerial assaults on the positions of the tribe and the slaughter of its members.

Earlier on Friday, Riyadh said that three Saudi soldiers were killed as clashes took place between Saudi soldiers and revolutionary forces in the Najran region.

Yemen has been under brutal aggression by Saudi-US coalition whose warplanes are carrying out airstrikes on several areas across the country.

A Saudi general said Saturday the nine-nation coalition has undertaken 1,200 airstrikes since they began on March 26.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed, including women and children, and more others have been injured in the attack.

Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.

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