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Yemeni retaliatory attacks kill six Saudi forces

12 September 2016 16:59

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

Six Saudi forces have been killed as Yemeni forces target the kingdom’s military positions in retaliatory attacks against Riyadh’s military aggression against the impoverished Arab country.

The Yemeni forces on Monday targeted a military post in kingdom’s Najran, killing four Saudi snipers.

Two other Saudi forces were killed in Yemeni army’s shelling of military positions in the kingdom’s province of Assir.

The retaliatory attacks came after at least six civilians were killed in a mortar attack by Saudi mercenaries in Ta’izz.

Yemeni sources said Monday that three women and three children were killed after pro-Saudi militants launched mortar attacks on residential areas in the city of Ta’izz southwest of the country.

The Saudi attacks are the latest in a series of intensified bombardments in Yemen which have marred the prospect of a political solution to the conflict.

Riyadh resumed its attacks in April after peace talks collapsed between the representatives of the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is supported by Saudi Arabia, and those of Yemen’s ruling Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The talks, which began in Kuwait in April, were mediated by the United Nations and had created a brief respite in the fighting.

More than 10,000 people have been killed since Riyadh launched its airstrikes in March last year. The air campaign, which later expanded to include ground operations across Yemen, is meant to undermine Houthis and their allies and restore power to Hadi, who currently resides in Saudi Arabia.

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