Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have killed 24 Saudi soldiers in two separate attacks in retaliation to the relentless Saudi bombardment of the impoverished nation.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website reported that Yemeni forces on Friday managed to kill at least 23 Saudi soldiers in the northern Jawf province and destroyed three of their armored vehicles after repelling their push. The remaining Saudi soldiers fled the battlefield and left behind their dead comrades.
Separately, Yemeni snipers killed another Saudi soldier at a military base in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan. Yemeni forces also managed to smash a personnel carrier with artillery fire in the province.
In the southwestern Asir province, Yemenis also destroyed a minesweeper in a missile attack.
Saudi war machine breathes fire
Saudi artillery shelling on Friday claimed the lives of two children and inflicted injuries to a third one in a densely populated district in the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz.
Another child was also critically wounded when Saudis fired shells towards a market in the southern province of Dhale.
Meanwhile, Saudi warplanes bombarded different locations in the capital Sana’a and northwestern Sa’ada province late on Friday. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage.
Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. The Saudi military strikes were launched in a failed effort to undermine the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring the former fugitive president back to power.
More than 8,300 people, among them 2,236 children, have been killed and 16,015 others injured since the start of the attacks. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.