Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied
Popular Committees, have shot dead 19 Saudi troops and
pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdoms southwestern border
region of Najran.
An unnamed military source told Yemens official news agency SABA
that Yemeni forces shot and killed five Saudi troops in
the al-Asha and al-Shorfa areas of the region,
located 969 kilometers south of the capital, Riyadh, on
Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters launched
two rockets against Saudi army outposts in the Rajla, al-Sadid and
Lesser al-Makhrouq areas of the same Saudi region. There were
no immediate reports of casualties.
Later, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a barrage of
artillery rounds at the al-Karas military base, leaving scores
of Saudi soldiers dead and injured.
Separately, several Saudi soldiers lost their lives or sustained
injuries when Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of Saudi troopers
in al-Sharqan military base.
Additionally, five Saudi-sponsored militiamen were fatally shot
in different districts of Yemens southwestern province of
Yemeni soldiers and their allies also struck the position of
Hadi loyalists east of Kahboub region in the same Yemeni
province, killing two of them.
In Yemens central province of Marib, army forces and
fighters from Popular Committees launched a number of artillery
rounds in the Wadi al-Ziq area of Sirwah district,
killing and wounding a number of them.
Yemeni snipers also shot and killed seven Saudi mercenaries in
different parts of Marib province.
A Yemeni man looks at the damage in the aftermath of a
Saudi airstrike on Yemen Today television network in the capital
Sanaa on December 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March
2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement
and reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.
More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the
campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian
Peninsula countrys infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and
factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.
The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic
According to the World Health Organizations latest count,
the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April
and is suspected to have infected 841,906.
On November 26, the United Nations childrens agency (UNICEF)
said that more than 11 milli...