Iran-backed Houthi militias have launched a volley of Katyusha rockets at a Saudi National Guard base in the kingdom’s southern Jizan region, while other sources said that they advanced in Saudi Arabia’s lands.
The Wednesday retaliatory attack followed a Houthi missile strike on a separate Saudi base in the region.
According to reports, a Saudi tank and several armed vehicles were destroyed in the attack.
On Tuesday, two Saudi soldiers were killed in a series of retaliatory attacks by Houthi milita in Jizan, while on Monday, artillery fire launched from Yemen killed four people and injured three more in the border region.
Earlier, seven Saudi soldiers were killed during clashes with Houthi militia — close to the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Najran. Houthi fighters routinely clash with Saudi border guards both along the frontier and inside the Saudi territory.
Houthi forces advance in Saudi lands
Saudi sources revealed on Wednesday that the Houthi forces and Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard advanced 10 km deep into the Jizan Region of southern Saudi Arabia.
In the same contest, Iran-backed al-Mayadeen channel claimed that they have a video showing the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi leaders inside a Saudi town.
According to the channel, Houthi militia and allied forces adavnced inside Saudi lands to a town 20 kilometers away from the borders, and destroyed some Saudi military vehicles with anti-armor missiles.
Houthi militia refuses UN peace deal
Meanwhile, Houthi militias insisted on rejecting a peace deal proposed by U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. The peace deal aimed at ending the ongoing crisis in Yemen since 2014.
an official at the Yemeni government’s delegation to Kuwait said that the Houthis did not submit any comments regarding the peace deal. He added that the Houthis were insisting on the formation of a government and a presidential council.
While the items of the U.N. peace deal were not officially announced, sources said that the government’s delegation stressed, upon signing the agreement, that the deal should be considered void should the Houthis refuse to sign it before the end of the second round of negotiations on August 7.
Yemeni President’s advisor Nasser Taha Mustafa said newspaper that the Houthis did not want peace but were seeking international recognition of their rebellion. He added that any solution to Yemen’s crisis should be based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, which gave the Houthi militia the right to actively participate in the country’s political life.
Mustafa urged the international community to exert more pressure on the Houthis to sign the peace deal.
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.