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Yemeni tribes launch retaliatory attacks on Saudi border cities

20 May 2015 18:13


Yemeni tribal forces have launched a series of new attacks against two Saudi cities on the border in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aggression against the impoverished Arab country.

Latest media reports said several rockets targeted military positions in the border cities of Najran and Dhahran al-Janub on Wednesday.

The latest rocket attacks came hours after a Saudi soldier, identified as Hassan Someili, was reportedly killed during cross-border clashes with fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Jizan Region of southwest Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen started on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthis and to restore power to the fugitive former president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The latest retaliatory attack came after Saudi warplanes launched nine airstrikes on the Jabal Marran mountainous area and the districts of Malaheedh and Dhaher in Sa’ada Province in northern Yemen.

Elsewhere, Saudi warplanes bombarded areas in the southwestern province of Ibb. Five people were reportedly killed in the airstrikes.

The United Nations says since March 19, over 1,800 people have been killed and 7,330 injured due to the conflict in Yemen, which was exacerbated by the Saudi airstrikes.

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