Saudi Arabian border town with Yemen attacked, casualties reported

Casualties have been reported and flights have been stopped to a southern Saudi airport following attack on southern border with Yemen.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Casualties reported and flights to local airport suspended following an attack on a Saudi Arabian town on the Yemeni border.

Iranian backed Houthi militias are believed to be behind the shelling attack which hit the Saudi border town of Najran Tuesday, with undisclosed tribal sources confirming the suspicion to the French state AFP news agency.

Saudi Arabia, yet to release a statement on the issue, closed all schools along the border with Yemen and suspended all flights headed to Najran.

The attack came just hours after Saudi Arabia’s King Salman gave his speech at the opening ceremony of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stating that Arab leaders would establish a relief operation for Yemen.

We hope that the United Nations will participate effectively with what this centre will shoulder, including coordinating all humanitarian and relief works for the Yemeni people with the participation of the countries that are supporting the Gulf initiative,” King Salman said.

Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri spoke after the attack threatening  a military response.

"Air and ground forces will respond in the right way to these hazardous acts and will not allow them to be repeated," he said.

Footage from the site of the attack show parts of the city affected by the explosions caused by the shelling.

Local sources reported casualties from the shelling, though an official statement has not yet been made available.

TRTWorld and agencies