Saudi Arabia’s state run SPA news agency reported late Saturday that cross border shelling from Iranian backed Shiite Houthi forces in Yemen killed a border guard and injured seven others.
SPA announced that Lance Cpl. Ismail Mohammed Ibrahim Sindi was killed while on duty at around 6:30 p.m. local time in the Jazan region of the country.
Houthi-cross border shelling has become common in recent weeks as over 13 civilians including many children have died in what the Human Rights Watch calls “indiscriminate” attacks.
Shiite Houthi forces have regularly shelled Saudi towns and cities along the Yemeni border in response to Saudi Arabia’s military action aiming to prevent their military campaign in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia leads an Arab coalition conducting air strikes on the group’s strongholds and battle fronts, aiding Yemeni armed forces and militias loyal to the government fight against the group.
Last week, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report regarding the “indiscriminate” nature of Houthi cross-border attacks.
“Pro-Houthi forces have launched apparently dozens of artillery rockets from northern Yemen indiscriminately into southern Saudi Arabia since May 5, 2015,” the report said regarding the attacks that killed 13 and wounded dozens more.
“Pro-Houthi forces should stop using unguided rockets against populated areas,” the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report continued in condemnation of the attacks.
“Unguided rockets cannot target military objectives with any accuracy. When directed towards populated areas, they are indiscriminate, violating the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes.”
HRW Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson was quoted in the report saying that “Pro-Houthi forces are killing and wounding Saudi civilians with artillery rockets that cannot be aimed at valid military targets.”
“Houthi commanders need to stop their indiscriminate attacks or they can be liable for war crimes.”