Two Saudi soldiers killed at Yemeni border

Two Saudi Arabian border guards die and five others injured in border town of Assira

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has announced that two border guards were killed and five others were injured in the country’s southern border town of Assira.

The kingdom’s interior ministry officials confirmed that casualties were sustained due to shells launched from Yemeni lands. The ministry’s spokesman Mansour al Turki on the morning said that the bombing targeted the soldiers.

He said that the attack resulted in the death of two Saudi soldiers and injured five others who received immediate medical help.

Saudi-led coalition spokesman general Ahmad Asiri had previously vowed revenge against the Iranian backed Houthi rebels who targeted Saudi border towns in early May, killing four Saudi citizens in Najran.

The Saudi authorities evacuated villages close to the border after repeated shelling by the Houthi rebels.

This comes shortly after Yemen saw deadliest day of Saudi-led coalition operations so far, with in 40 deaths in the country’s capital Sanaa and another 40 deaths on the Yemeni-Saudi border.

Saudi Arabia responded to a call last March from Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, who is now in Riyadh, to save Yemen from the Houthi rebels who seized the country’s capital last September.

TRTWorld and agencies