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Yemen retaliatory shelling attack kills Saudi trooper

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Saudi soldiers from an artillery unit fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015. © AFP

At least one Saudi trooper has been killed in a retaliatory shelling attack by Yemeni army soldiers and allied forces against a border guard station in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan.

An unnamed spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that the border guard was killed on Tuesday afternoon after “heavy firing from inside Yemeni territory” targeted the station in the southern al-Harath district of Jizan, Arabic-language Okaz daily newspaper reported.

The official identified the guard as Ali bin Mohammed Yahya Sharahili, but did not provide any further details about the extent of damage and other possible casualties.

The development came on the same day that Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, targeted two Saudi troopers in al-Tabba Ramazeh military camp in Jizan.

Additionally, Yemeni army soldiers and allied forces fired a barrage of artillery rounds and rockets at al-Khoba, al-Khashal, Jahfan and several other districts of Jizan. However, there were no immediate reports of casualties and damage.

A Yemeni man walks past the site of a Saudi airstrike that targeted a building in the capital, Sana’a, on January 25, 2016. © AFP

Also on Wednesday, Saudi military aircraft carried out a number of airstrikes against various regions across Yemen.

At least four fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement lost their lives when Saudi warplanes bombarded al-Sabra district of the southwestern Yemeni province of Ibb, located 194 kilometers (121 miles) south of the capital, Sana'a.

A woman also sustained injuries when a Saudi aerial attack struck a residential neighborhood in Razih district of the northwestern province of Sa'ada.

An armed Yemeni man walks amidst the debris at the site of a Saudi airstrike that targeted a building in the capital, Sana’a, on January 25, 2016. © AFP

Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. The Saudi military strikes were launched to supposedly undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, back to power.

At least 8,278 people, among them 2,236 children, have reportedly been killed and 16,015 others injured, since March 2015. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.


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