Feb 11, 2019 17:40 UTC
  • Yemeni retaliatory attack leaves 8 Saudi soldiers dead in Jizan

At least eight Saudi troopers have been killed when Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, launched a surprise attack against them in response to Riyadh’s war on their conflict-stricken country.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni soldiers and their allies targeted the Saudi forces in the Madafin area of the kingdom’s southern border region of Jizan, situated 966 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh, on Monday evening.

Earlier in the day, Saudi troops had launched a salvo of artillery rounds and mortar shells against residential neighborhoods in the Munabbih district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’adah.

There were no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

Separately, Saudi-led military aircraft struck Sirwah district in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib. No reports of fatalities were immediately available though.

Elsewhere in the Dawran Ans district of the southeastern province of Dhamar, Saudi-led warplanes launched four aerial assaults, though no reports of casualties were quickly available.

Battle tanks belonging to Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi also shelled al-Monqim village in the al-Durayhimi district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah. No casualties have so far been reported.