Landmine kills Saudi soldier near Yemen border
A Saudi soldier is killed and three others injured in a landmine explosion near the border with Yemen, Saudi state media say.
The four soldiers were on patrol on a designated road in the southwestern Jizan region alongside the Yemeni border when the landmine detonated on Monday morning, the Saudi Press Agency quoted an Interior Ministry spokesman as saying without providing further details.
The incident took place as the warring sides in the Yemeni conflict held their first direct meeting after a week-long break on Monday.
The UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said on his Twitter that the face-to-face talks came after a delegation representing the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, accepted to end its one-week boycott of the talks in Kuwait.
Hadi’s delegation withdrew from negotiations after accusing Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and allies of failing to keep their word. Hadi’s representative had urged the Houthis to begin to implement a UN Security Council resolution and withdraw from the capital Sana’a and other places they control and surrender their arms.
But the Houthis refused to give in, setting their own preconditions, including a full halt to Saudi Arabia’s aerial and ground attacks that have left close to 10,000 killed and at least 16,000 others injured in Yemen over the past 14 months.
Saudi Arabia launched its offensive against Yemen in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime, and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.