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Saudi soldier killed in clashes near border with Yemen

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A Saudi soldier is stationed at a lookout point at al-Dokhan mountain on the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015. ©AFP

A Saudi solider has been killed in armed clashes with unidentified gunmen near the country’s southern border with Yemen.

According to a spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry on Monday, the soldier was killed and two others suffered injuries in a volley of mortar and other fire in Saudi Arabia's Najran region, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The spokesman added that the wounded soldiers have been taken to hospital.

Army troops and members of the Border Guards force "were subjected to heavy shooting and mortar shells from inside the Yemeni border" at 11:00 PM (2000 GMT) on Sunday, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

“The Saudi side responded and the situation was brought under control," the spokesman added.

The soldier was the eighteenth Saudi soldiers killed since Saudi Arabia started its aggression against Yemen.

A Saudi soldier was killed in border clashes with Yemeni tribesmen in a southwestern region of the kingdom on April 18.

Saudi Arabia has deployed more troops and weaponry near its border with its ground forces shelling Yemen’s border regions over the past weeks.

Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, without a UN mandate, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.

According to sources in the Yemeni army, 2,680 people have been killed during the aggression.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is rapidly deteriorating. Many international aid organizations have sought clearances to dispatch medical and other humanitarian supplies by air and sea to civilians in need.


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