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Saudi soldiers killed in retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces

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)
Saudi soldiers from an artillery unit fire shells toward Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, southwestern Saudi Arabia, April 13, 2015. (AFP)

Yemeni forces have carried out retaliatory attacks against military bases Saudi Arabia has set up in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib and similar targets on the Saudi soil.

According to local media reports on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces hit a Saudi base in Ma’rib, where at least 50 Saudi soldiers were killed.

The Yemeni army also attacked Saudi positions in the district of al-Khobe in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border province of Jizan. Reports said five Saudi soldiers were killed in that strike.

The photo released by Yemeni media on October 21, 2015 shows the military identification card of a Saudi soldier killed by Yemeni forces in the district of al-Khobe, Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border province of Jizan.

A similar number of fatalities on the part of Saudi forces was also reported in the southwestern region of Asir in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, Saudi warplanes conducted seven airstrikes against various areas in the city of Sirwah, located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital, Sana’a.

Saudi warplanes also launched three airstrikes against the Abs district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, though no reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused were available.

Additionally, Saudi aircraft bombed the military camp for the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade in the town of Mukayras in the central province of Bayda.

Yemen has been under military strikes by Saudi Arabia on a daily basis since March 26. The strikes have been meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

According to a new tally, at least 7,000 people have lost their lives in the Saudi strikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured since late March.

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