Six Saudi troops killed in Yemeni retaliatory attack amid reports of Hadi’s return
Yemeni Ansarullah fighters supported by army units have killed at least six Saudi troops in the country’s southwestern border region of Jizan amid reports that the former fugitive Yemeni president has arrived in the Arabian Peninsula country.
According to the Yemeni Defense Ministry, six military vehicles were also destroyed in the retaliatory mortar attack carried out on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, At least 32 people were killed in Saudi airstrikes on various residential locations, including a school, throughout the capital Sana’a.
Saudi warplanes also blitzed a camp for displaced people in the central Ma’rib province, killing at least four civilians. Four more people were also killed at a market in the northwestern Yemeni province of Amran.
Yemen’s Health Ministry announced that over the past four days, Saudi Arabia’s relentless air raids had claimed the lives of over 230 people.
Hadi arrives in Aden
Also on Tuesday, Yemen’s former president, Abd Rubbuh Mansur Hadi, reportedly returned to Yemen after fleeing the country some six months ago.
Hadi arrived on board a Saudi aircraft in the southwestern port city of Aden, which fell to his loyalists back in July.
The country’s former prime minister, Khaled Bahah, and seven members of Hadi’s cabinet also returned to Aden last week.
Hadi and his ministers fled the country after the Ansarullah fighters captured the capital in September 2014.
Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
According to a report released on September 19 by the Yemen’s Civil Coalition, over 6,000 Yemenis have so far lost their lives in the Saudi airstrikes and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured.