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Yemeni snipers kill 2 Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks

This file photo shows Saudi border guards at the country’s southwestern border with Yemen. (Photo by AP)

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead a Saudi trooper in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions of Jizan and Asir in response to Riyadh’s aerial bombardment campaign against their country.

Yemeni forces and their allies targeted the Saudi troopers in the al-Farizeh military base of the region, located 969 kilometers south of the capital, Riyadh, on Saturday afternoon, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

Army troops and Popular Committees fighters also launched an attack on the al-Alab border crossing of Asir region, killing a Saudi trooper there.

Separately, several pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were injured when Yemeni forces fired a barrage of artillery rounds at their gatherings in the Usaylan district of the central Yemeni province of Shabwah.

Earlier, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired artillery shells at a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in the Kahboub area of southwestern Lahij Province, though no words on possible casualties and the extent of damage were reported.

Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah fighters chant slogans during a gathering in the capital, Sana’a, on February 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP) 

Yemeni forces also launched a salvo of Katyusha rockets at an outpost of pro-Saudi militiamen in the al-Jadid region of the southwestern province of Ta’izz. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Moreover, Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters fired a domestically-manufactured Zelzal-2 (Earthquake-2) missile at a position of Saudi mercenaries in the Jabal al-Thalab region of the northern province of Ma'rib. No reports of casualties were available.

Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes carried out two airstrikes against separate areas in the Kitaf wa Al Boqe'e district of Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada, with no immediate word on possible casualties. Saudi jets also bombarded the Harad district of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Yemenis check the site of a Saudi air raid that hit a funeral reception in the Arhab district, located 40 kilometers north of the capital, Sana’a, on February 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, has said the Saudi military campaign has claimed the lives of 10,000 Yemenis and left 40,000 others wounded.

McGoldrick told reporters in Sana’a last month that the figure was based on casualty counts given by health facilities and that the actual number might be higher.

Meanwhile, local sources say the Saudi war, which was launched in March 2015 in an attempt to bring back the country's former government to power, has so far claimed the lives of at least 11,400 Yemenis.

The Saudi military aggression has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

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