Houthi forces kills 21 in Yemen, one Saudi soldier

Shelling and ground clashes leave 21 dead in southern Yemen as cross border shell kills Saudi soldier

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Houthi shelling in Aden and ground clashes in Taiz have killed 21 people between Friday and Saturday as cross border shelling resulted in the death of a Saudi Arabian soldier.

Following the Houthi shelling of an oil refinery in Aden, which resulted in 14 deaths, ground clashes in Taiz resulted in the death of at least seven Houthi fighters while 16 others were injured.

The clashes in Taiz came as the Iranian backed Shiite Houthis began targeting residential areas of the Mount Jarah district with tanks and heavy artillery.

No information about casualties or injuries from militia forces loyal to the Yemeni government has been made available.

Further shelling from Houthi allied forces resulted in the death of a Saudi Arabian soldier as another was severely wounded reported, the Saudi state run SPA news agency.

Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband it in January.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape Yemen to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia where it set up office in the country’s capital Riyadh.

Pro-government forces continue to clash with Houthi forces across the country as the Arab coalition launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia, while also conducting numerous strikes in the Houthi occupied capital of Sanaa and the group’s bastion Saada.

TRTWorld and agencies