Saudi Arabia halted all flights to and from Najran airport “until further notice”, reports said. Earlier today, Yemeni tribal troops launched several mortar rounds at Saudi border city of Najran in retaliation for the bombardment of their tribes by the Saudi soldiers in the last several days.
The Yemeni tribesmen fired at least 10 mortar rounds at Saudi Southwestern city of Najran. The retaliatory attack came after Saudi troops fired artillery shells against the civilians at border areas and killed large groups of people.
Cross-border skirmishes between the Saudi troops and Yemeni tribes have flared up over the last four weeks, as the monarchy’s airstrikes continue and have so far claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people, particularly at border areas.
Riyadh launched its airstrikes against Yemen on March 26 without a UN’s mandate. Saudi Arabia aims to undermine the Ansarullah popular fighters and restore power to fugitive President Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. On April 21, Riyadh announced the end of its military operations, but airstrikes have continued with Saudi bombers targeting different areas across the country in a new phase.
The monarchy’s aerial bombardments have so far claimed the lives of at least 3,163 people, mostly women and children.