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Senior army commander killed in Yemeni attack: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Major General Abdul Rahman bin Saad al-Shahrani

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that a senior army commander has been killed in Yemeni attack on the kingdom's southern border regions.

The commander of the Saudi eighteenth army brigade, Major General Abdul Rahman bin Saad al-Shahrani, was critically injured in an attack by Yemeni forces while inspecting military deployments along the kingdom’s southern border regions, Saudi Arabian armed forces announced in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.

Sharani died after being transferred to hospital for treatment.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni troops took control of two Saudi army bases in the border region of Jizan.

According to local media reports, Yemeni troops also destroyed a tank, seized three others, and obliterated several other military vehicles in the same region.

Another retaliatory rocket attack was launched on Jizan, leaving one Saudi solider dead.

Yemeni forces launch such attacks in response to Saudi Arabia’s merciless airstrikes, carried out since March 26.

In the Saudi regime’s latest attack, jets carried out raids on the northwestern Hajjah province killing at least two civilians on Sunday.

Yemenis gather at the site of a Saudi air strike in the capital Sana’a on July 14, 2015. (AFP)

Thirteen fighters of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement were also killed when their positions were targeted by Saudi warplanes in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the northeast of Africa.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen without a UN mandate in a bid to undermine Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, to power.

Over 4,300 people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict, the World Health Organization said on August 11. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at much higher.

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