Saudi warplanes attack Houthi fighters near Yemen border

The Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign against Iran-backed Houthi militias in March 2015

Warplanes of a Saudi-led coalition bombed Houthi fighters from Yemen seeking to infiltrate Saudi Arabia on Saturday, killing tens of Houthi militiamen, security sources said.

The bombing took place on the Yemeni side of the border close to the Saudi city of Najran, they said. Clashes were also seen in the northwestern Yemeni town of Haradh which borders the kingdom, witnesses told Reuters.

Saudi forces killed dozens of Houthi militias Saturday at Saudi border city Najran while foiling infiltration attempts in Saudi-Yemeni borders, Al Arabiya local news reported.

The forces, which are leading an Arabic coalition to fight Houthis in Yemen for more than a year, also announced the death of a Saudi officer during the clashes to stop Houthis from entering the Saudi territories.

Last week, the country announced the deaths of five Saudi border guards while preventing similar infiltration attempts by an armed group in Najran during a clash that lasted for eight hours.

Yemen’s Houthi-run state news agency, Saba, said Houthi forces had fired missiles at Saudi targets.

Security sources on Tuesday said that some rockets launched from across the Yemen landed in the Samtah region of Jazan Province, causing destruction to some buildings in the area.

The rockets were fired by the Houthi militias loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh. They fell on the courtyard of Sheikh Nasir Qur’an Memorization School and on a house and caused minor damages.
No one was injured in the attack.

The Saudi Forces retaliated by destroying the Yemeni rocket launchers.

Ambulances headed to the locations where the rockets fell, but found only slight damages to some buildings, the sources said.

Citizens of Samtah region expressed confidence in the capabilities of Saudi Land Forces and Border Guards, and pride in the Saudi armed forces’ weaponry, which keeps them safe.

Yemen has been wracked by chaos since late 2014, when the Houthis and their allies overran Sanaa and other parts of the country, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his Saudi-backed government to temporarily flee to Riyadh. Saudi soldiers

The Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign against Iran-backed Houthi militias in March 2015. It sides with the President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while the Houthis are aligned with ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted after Yemen revolution in 2012.