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Yemeni forces killed seven Saudi Soldiers in border areas

Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees have killed at least seven Saudi soldiers during separate attacks in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions as part of their retaliatory raids against the Riyadh regime’s atrocious military campaign against their crisis-hit country.

Saudi Arabia’s official Saudi Press Agency reported that Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot five troopers.  The troops are identified as First Lieutenant Fallah bin Saeed al-Jarabie’, First Lieutenant Abdulrahman bin Tariq Al Khalifah, First Corporal Saad bin Nasser al-Qahtani, Sergeant Abdulali bin Mosaed al-Rashidi and Conscript Ali Saharan Al-Qarni in the southern areas, during different exchanges of fire.

Corporal Ali bin Mohammed Hadi Asiri and First Sergeant Mefrah bin Jaber Ghazwani also lost their lives in clashes with Yemeni forces in Jizan.

Yemen’s Houthis, Saudi-backed militiamen exchange prisoners

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has announced the completion of separate prisoner swap deals with Saudi-sponsored Yemeni militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the country’s northern province of al-Jawf and southwestern province of Lahij.

According to al-Masirah nine members of Yemeni Army had been released, and that the agreement was through “a local mediation.”

Mortada, however, did not provide details about the number of released prisoners in return.

Despite an ongoing failure to reach a comprehensive solution for Yemen’s crisis, prisoner swap deals take place now and then between the warring parties.

Houthis, pro-Hadi militiamen set up joint positions in Hudaydah

Separately, Houthi fighters and Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to former Hadi have set up joint observation posts as part of de-escalation moves in the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, in a post published on his Twitter page, described the establishment of the four positions along frontlines in the flashpoint city, located around 230 kilometers west of the capital Sana’a, and the deployment of liason officers as positive moves.

“This step forward will enhance de-escalation in flashpoint areas and save lives,” he wrote.

Saudi and its allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in 2015, with the goal of bringing government of Hadi.

The US-based ACLED a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 91,000 lives.

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.

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