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2 Saudi officers killed in retaliatory sniper attack by Yemeni fighters

The photo shows Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters manning an anti-aircraft gun in the capital Sana’a on December 2, 2017. (AFP photo)

Two Saudi soldiers have been killed in a retaliatory attack by Yemeni fighters in Saudi Arabia's southern province of Najran.

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said Wednesday that Yemeni snipers targeted Saudi military positions in al-Shabakah region. Two Saudi servicemen were killed in the attack, said the TV channel, which is close to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.

It said Yemeni fighters also launched a shelling attack on Saudi positions in al-Makhrugh region in the same province. A number of Saudi soldiers were injured.

Yemenis also managed to capture al-Dhaba’a military post in the same province. Reports said Saudis suffered casualties in the clashes that came before the takeover.

The attacks on Saudi military positions are part of a broader bid by Ansarullah to avenge more than two years of Saudi Arabia’s deadly air and ground operations against Yemen.

Dozens of Saudi soldiers and officers have been killed in retaliatory cross-border shelling and sniper attacks by Yemenis over the past two years. Ansarullah has also targeted sensitive military positions deep inside Saudi Arabia with its missiles.

Many Saudi officers along with servicemen from other Arab countries allied to Saudi Arabia have been killed while battling the Houthis inside Yemen.

On Wednesday, at least 10 people were killed and one was injured after Saudi warplanes dropped bombs on a popular outdoor market in Kitaf wa al-Boqe'e district in the northern province of Sa’ada.

Riyadh launched its illegal campaign against Yemen in March 2015 in an alleged bid to restore power to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and push back the Houthis from the capital Sana’a. At least 13,600 people have been killed while the attacks have inflicted huge losses on Yemen’s civilian infrastructure.

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