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Yemeni retaliatory attack leaves two Saudi soldiers dead: Report

3 September 2016 14:22



Yemeni army soldiers have reportedly launched retaliatory attacks against Saudi border guards in Saud Arabia’s southwestern border region of Asir, leaving two soldiers dead.

Yemeni snipers fatally shot two Saudi troops in al-Rabu’ah town of the region on Saturday morning, Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television news network reported.

A Saudi military vehicle also went up in flames after Yemeni soldiers and their allies targeted it with a guided missile at a camp in the same southwestern Saudi city.

The attacks were in retaliation for Riyadh’s relentless aerial bombardment campaign against Yemen.

Earlier, the media bureau of the operations command in Yemen released footage showing locally designed and manufactured Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) missile blasting off from a launcher deployed in an unknown location in Yemen.

The solid propellant and Scud-type missile reportedly hit a stationary target in the Saudi city of Ta’if, located more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) southeast of the capital, Riyadh.

Also on Saturday, Saudi military aircraft struck a car as it was traveling along a road in Baqim district of Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada, leaving one civilian dead and four others wounded.

A man walks under the roof of a cultural center after a Saudi airstrike destroyed it in Yemen’s western coastal city of Hudaydah, September 2, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Saudi fighter jets also carried out two airstrikes against al-Nahdin district in the northern Yemeni province of Sana’a. There were no immediate reports about the number of casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Elsewhere, in the southwestern Yemeni city of Lahij, two police officers lost their lives and another seven were injured when a bomb explosion ripped through a public outdoor market.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015, with the UN putting the death toll from the military aggression at about 10,000. The offensive was launched in an attempt to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally who has resigned as Yemen’s president.

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