JNN 07 Feb 2016 Sanaa : At least two Saudi soldiers have reportedly been killed in separate retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces against the kingdom’s southwestern border regions of Najran and Asir.
The Saudi Arabian National Guard announced on Saturday that Sergeant Khaled bin Mohammed was killed during clashes with Yemeni forces in Najran, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of the capital, Riyadh.
Another Saudi trooper, whose identity was not available, was also killed on Saturday afternoon after “heavy firing from inside Yemeni territory” targeted his border guard station in Asir region.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s military operation in Yemen, Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri, has dismissed media reports that more than 100 Saudi-backed mercenaries had been killed and 150 others wounded in an attack by Yemenis.
According to the media reports, the fatalities came after Yemeni soldiers fired an OTR-21 Tochka ballistic missile at Mass military camp in the al-Jada’an district of the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib.
A Yemeni military source, requesting anonymity, had said eight officers from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and nationals from other Arab countries were among the slain mercenaries.
Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have destroyed four Saudi military boats in the country’s southwestern waters in retaliation to the relentless Saudi bombardment of the impoverished nation.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported that Yemeni forces targeted the vessels with surface-to-surface missiles in the early hours of Thursday, when the boats were approaching the port city of Mocha, located in the country’s southwestern province of Tai’z.
Saudi Arabia has deployed its vessels around the coasts of Yemen in an attempt to support its airstrikes and to maintain a crippling blockade on the poorest nation of the Arabian Peninsula.
The Yemeni forces also managed to shoot down a Saudi spy aircraft in the Harad district of the northwestern province of Hajjah earlier on Wednesday.
The Yemeni army and popular committees managed to destroy an Abrams tank belonging to the Saudi enemy in Najran region on Tuesday.
The Saudi tank was wrecked by an explosive device planted by specialized units in the west of Shorfa military site in Najran, a military official explained to Yemen News Agency.
The official confirmed that the operations of the army and popular committees would continue until the aggression stops its crimes against Yemeni people.
Saudi air raids on Yemen continue unabated
Meanwhile, Saudi military aircraft have conducted a new round of airstrikes against several areas across Yemen.
On Sunday morning, Saudi fighter jets launched aerial attacks against al-Ghayl district in the northern province of Jawf, Sirwah district in the central Ma’rib Province as well as Nihm district in Sana’a Province.
Saudi Arabia, however, continued its unabated deadly airstrikes on Wednesday and its warplanes attacked various districts in Yemen’s northwestern province of Amran. At least 15 people lost their lives and 44 others sustained injuries when the aerial aggression targeted a cement factory.
Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26 last year. The Saudi strikes have been meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power.
Nearly 8,280 people, among them 2,236 children, have reportedly been killed and over 16,000 others injured. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.