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Saudi officer killed in landmine blast on Yemen border

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Saudi soldier from an artillery unit walks near ammunition at a position close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Jizan province, April 13, 2015. (© AFP)

َA senior Saudi officer has been killed in a landmine explosion near border with Yemen amid the ongoing Saudi airstrikes against its neighboring state.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah al-Balwi was killed on Wednesday "as a result of the explosion of a landmine in Twalig mountain" in the Saudi border district of Jizan, according to a report published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Thursday.

Wednesday’s blast happened during a "combing" operation in the region, the report added.

At least 39 Saudis have lost their lives in retaliatory attacks and border skirmishes since Saudi Arabia launched its aggression of Yemen on March 26 without a UN mandate.

A man sits on the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, June 12, 2015. (© AP)

UN Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said on June 16 that at least 1,412 civilians, including 210 women, have been killed and a further 3,423 injured since March 26.

This is while the Yemeni army along with popular committees, including the Ansarullah fighters, are also combating terrorist al-Qaeda-linked groups and the Takfiri ISIL militants across the country.


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