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25 Saudi Mercenaries Killed, Dozens Wounded in Central Yemen

10 July 2016 19:00

epa03250394 A handout photo made available on 05 June 2012 by the Yemeni Defense Ministry shows Yemeni soldiers standing as others firing missiles at suspected strongholds of al-Qaeda militants in the southern province of Abyan, Yemen, 04 June 2012. According to media reports, the Yemeni army foiled an al-Qaeda attempt to take control on a southern city of Shabwa province after the army imposed a siege on al-Qaeda militants in the neighboring province of Abyan. Several towns of Abyan have been controlled for a year by the extremist Ansar al-Sharia, an armed group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Yemen.  EPA/YEMENI DEFENSE MINISTRY/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

More than two dozen militants loyal to the former Yemeni government have been killed and scores of others injured during clashes with army troops and allied fighters in the western-central province of Amran.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the clashes broke out during an army operation on Saturday to wrest control over the strategic Heed al-Zahab mountain in Farzah Nihm district of the province, Yemen’s September 26 news website reported.

The source added that Yemeni forces managed to seize the mountainous region following the intense fighting.

At least 25 Saudi mercenaries, including a militant commander identified as Abdumohammad Bukhaiti, were killed during the fierce skirmishes, and tens of others sustained injuries, according to the source.

Separately, Yemeni army forces and Houthi Ansarullah fighters launched a ballistic missile at Shihat military camp in the northern province of al-Jawf on Sunday morning, leaving a large number of Saudi mercenaries dead and injured.

The development came only a few hours after an unspecified number of Saudi-backed militants died in a missile attack by Ansarullah fighters against Tadaween base in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib.

Elsewhere in the southern coastal province of Aden, two bomb explosions ripped through al-Mos’abin village, but no casualties were reported.

Also on Sunday, Saudi fighter jets carried out a raft of aerial attacks Nihm district in Sana’a Province, though no reports of casualty and damage were immediately available.

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