Rocket attacks from Yemen kill two Saudis over past 24 hours

Rocket attacks from inside Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia kill two Saudi nationals as Saudi-led air strikes continue following end of ceasefire

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Cross-border rocket attacks launched inside Yemen killed two civilians in Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours, official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.

A Saudi Arabian Civil Defence official in the southwestern province of Jizan was quoted by the SPA as saying that a child was killed while three others were wounded on Friday in the Al Tawal region.

The SPA also reported on Thursday that one citizen was killed and two others wounded in Al Hosn village after the cross-border rocket attacks launched inside Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia.

The Al Massira television channel run by the Iranian-backed Houthis’ Ansarullah group reported this week that the Houthis were entering a Saudi border military outpost after being fired on by Saudi tanks and helicopters, though no details on time of the attack were given.

The channel also purported that a number of Saudi military equipment were destroyed in the attack.

But Saudi military officials had denied such an offensive was broadcasted by Al Massira.

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 the Yemeni government in January.

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

Saudi Arabia leads a coalition made up primarily of Arab League states conducting air strikes against Houthi targets aiming to halt the group’s advances.

The Arab coalition has justified its involvement with the claim of “defending the legitimate government” of the embattled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi who was deposed via a military coup by the Houthis in last February.

Since last week on Tuesday, the parties have been holding a five days of humanitarian ceasefire with the auspices of the UN.

The short-term armistice enabled the allowance of food deliveries, fuel and medical supplies to millions of Yemeni people who were badly affected from the conflicts.  

Arab coalition led-by Saudi Arabia continued on Monday to strike the Houthi forces in and around Aden after a five days of truce ended late on Sunday.

Saudi-led warplanes conducted air strikes against the Houthi targets in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Friday.

The recent developments in Yemen came just weeks before the planned UN peace talks between the clashing parties are set to take place in Geneva on May 28.


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