Houthis kill four Saudi border guards

Saudi Defence Ministry says four of its border guards killed when Houthi fighters targeted border checkpoints

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Three Saudi soldiers were killed by the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi fighters in the Yemeni border on Thursday evening, Saudi Defence Ministry announced just hours after another Saudi border guard was killed.

The latest incidents are the first to be declared a week after the Saudi-led coalition announced it was ending strikes and starting a rehabilitation process in Yemen with the “Restoring Hope” operation.

Saudi Defence Ministry said, in a statement. Thursday’s attacks came as the Houthi fighters targeted border checkpoints manned by Saudi border guards in Najran and Jizan, regions near the border with Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched an operation against the Houthis across Yemen on March 25, saying it was a response to help calls from the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is currently in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition spokesman announced on April 21, the end of the “Operation Decisive Storm” after almost one month of bombing, and start the operation “Restoring Hope.”

TRTWorld and agencies