Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees have killed at least two Saudi soldiers during separate attacks in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions as part of their retaliatory raids against the Riyadh regime’s deadly campaign against their crisis-hit country.
Saudi Arabia’s Arabic-language al-Madina newspaper reported on Sunday that Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Jalawi, Advisor to the Governor of Makkah Region Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud, met the families of deceased Faris Saeed al-Ghamedi and Badr Issa al-Salemi, and conveyed messages of condolences from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to them.
The report, however, did not mention the military ranks of the Saudi troopers, and where exactly they been killed in clashes with Yemeni forces and their allies.
The development came a day after seven Houthi Ansarullah fighters were killed in clashes with Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the country’s strategic western coastal province of Hudaydah.
A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the exchange of gunfire took place in the al-Tuhayat district of the province.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.