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Yemenis kill 4 Saudi troopers in mortar attack on bases in kingdom’s Najran, Jizan

Saudi border guards keep watch along the border with Yemen in the al-Khubah area in the southern Jizan Province on October 3, 2017. (AFP photo)

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have killed four Saudi Soldiers after hitting two military bases in the kingdom’s southern provinces of Jizan and Najran with mortar shells.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing unnamed military officials, announced the news on Monday, saying that the al-Ojabah base in Jizan and al-Soh base in Najran came under Yemeni mortar fire earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, the Saudi military in one of its affiliated twitter accounts confirmed the news.

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement, also launched an attack against Saudi-led units deployed in the Baqim Mountain in Yemen’s northern province of Jawf and established full control over the mountain after driving enemy force out of the area.

According to a separate report by al-Masirah, Yemeni troops inflicted heavy damage on Saudi-led forces, killing several Saudi mercenaries, mostly Sudanese.

Additionally on Monday, at least four civilians were killed and five others sustained injuries after Saudi warplanes conduced a number of airstrikes against the residential areas of al-Doreihami distinct in the impoverished country’s western province of Hudaydah.

Saudi Arabia and some 20 of its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan, launched a brutal war, code-named Operation Decisive Storm, against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and crush the popular Ansarullah movement.

The offensive initially consisted of a bombing campaign but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.

The imposed war, however, has so far failed to achieve its goal, thanks to firm resistance mounted by Yemeni troops and Houthi fighters in defense of the city. The war was also launched despite warnings that it would compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis. 

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured until then. The war and the accompanying blockade have also caused famine across Yemen.

The Saudi-led aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

Several Western countries, the United States and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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