Yemen’s Tribal Fighters Kill over 18 Saudi Soldiers in Retaliatory Attack
Tribal forces launched a retaliatory attack on a Saudi military site near the Yemeni border city of Sa’ada on Sunday, and claimed the lives of at least eighteen Saudi soldiers.
According to reports, members of Yemen’s Takhya tribe launched an attack on the al-Minare military base in Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border city of Sa’ada and left over 18 soldiers dead and captured dozens of others.
The number of those captured by the Yemeni tribe members is not clear yet.
On Friday, after days of debating, Pakistani lawmakers adopted a resolution rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its military aggression against Yemen. The member of parliaments called on the warring parties to resolve the conflict through peaceful dialogue.
They unanimously voted in favor of a resolution saying that “Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis”.
Following Pakistan’s decision to stay out of Yemen’s conflict, Saudi Arabia prevented a Pakistani airplane from entering its airspace on Friday.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 18 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 1026 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left more than 2242 people injured.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.