Houthi attacks on Saudi border town kill five

Houthi shelling kills five in Saudi Arabian border town of Najran, 11 others are wounded

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabian civil defence authorities announced five Saudi citizens were killed in the Saudi border town of Najran, in the second day of cross border attacks between Yemen and Saudi Arabia blamed on Houthi militias.

Two civilians were killed inside their car, along with two pedestrians passing by and one Prison officer whose patrol happened to pass by the shelling site.

Three other Saudis were killed on Tuesday also in Najran, including a husband and his wife. Saudi Interior ministry said “Katyusha rockets were fired from Yemeni lands targeting the security of Saudi civilians”.

Meanwhile in Yemen, continuous fighting on Wednesday claimed the lives of 140, most of whom were civilians. 

According to rescue workers, the dead civilians include “at least 40 Yemenis who were trying to flee the southern port city of Aden by a boat and was struck by Houthi shells”

The United Nations envoy to Yemen pushed for a "quick intervention by land forces to save Yemen" specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz.

US Secretary of state John Kerry visited Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Wednesday night and called for a ceasefire in Yemen in order for aid to be successfully delivered, according to Reuters. 

Houthi militias controlled al-Tawahi area in Aden province Wednesday night, while Saudi air strikes continued in various Yemeni cities.

TRTWorld and agencies