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3 Saudi soldiers killed in Yemeni retaliatory attack in Jizan

20 July 2016 8:43

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At least three Saudi Arabian soldiers have been killed in a retaliatory rocket attack launched by Yemeni forces on a military base in the kingdom’s southwest.

According to Yemen’s Defense Ministry, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and allied army units carried out the attack on Tuesday in the Saudi province of Jizan.

On Saturday, Ansarullah forces fired a ballistic missile at an army base held by troops loyal to the former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

According to reports, around 180 troops, including foreign mercenaries, were killed in the attack in the Bab el-Mandeb region in the country’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Such attacks are carried out in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen which was launched on March 26, 2015 in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and defeat the Houthi Ansarullah movement.


Yemenis stand at the site of a Saudi airstrike in the center of the capital Sana’a, on January 29, 2016. (AFP)

 

Meanwhile, some two dozen civilians lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a string of Saudi aerial attacks against several areas across Yemen.

The developments came only a day after 20 people were killed and 16 others injured in a Saudi airstrike against the Jabal al-Naar mountainous area in Mukha district.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others sustained injuries since the onset of the aggression.

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