New Houthi attack on Saudi border town

Houthi attacks on Saudi border town of Najran renewed Monday morning

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iranian-backed Houthi shells landed near the central Saudi Arabian prison in the city of Najran Monday morning, a Saudi security official source told Sky news.

The officials confirmed the shelling came from Yemeni borders, specifically from Houthi militias. No injuries were reported.

The Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes targeting weapons depots and forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa early Monday, in addition to air raids on several locations in Sanaa, including the home of ousted President Ali Saleh for the second time.

Confirmed reports show he is not harmed, according to Reuters.  

Reuters reported earlier that three powerful explosions took place and smoke was seen rising from multiple places in the area where Saleh’s home is located.

The leadership of the Alliance previously declared the Yemeni Border town of Saada “a military target” and called for civilians to leave through safe corridors identified for this purpose before 7 pm Yemeni local time.

Brigadier General Ahmad Asiri claimed that Houthis prevented civilians from leaving and used them as “human shields.”

Intensified air strikes followed in Saada, heartland of the Houthis in northern Yemen, following Houthi attacks on Najran that killed 5 Saudi citizens.

In a speech in front of his ruined home, Saleh announced that he was ready for an alliance with all those who defend the nation's resources. 

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said in an interview with Al Jazeera that Saleh announcing an alliance with the Houthis confirms his involvement in the destruction of Yemen.

TRTWorld and agencies