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Bomb attacks kill dozens of Saudi mercenaries in Jizan, Najran: Report

A Saudi-sponsored militiaman loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fires a B-10 recoilless rifle on June 7, 2018, near the city of al-Jah in Hudaydah province. (Photo by AFP)

Dozens of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have lost their lives when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched a series of separate bomb attacks against their positions in the kingdom’s border regions.

The media bureau of the Houthi Ansarullah movement, citing an unnamed Yemeni military source, reported on Monday that Yemeni troops and their allies detonated a number of explosive devices in the Jabal al-Qais mountainous area of Jizan, killing 24 Saudi mercenaries in the process.

Elsewhere in Najran region, located 844 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh, dozens of Saudi-paid militiamen were killed by Yemeni forces’ attack on their positions.

Yemeni soldiers and their soldiers infiltrated militia-controlled areas on the outskirts of al-Sadis military base, setting off several bombs that killed dozens of Saudi mercenaries as a result.

Yemeni soldiers loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement line up during a graduation ceremony for a new batch of cadets in the northwestern city of Sa’ada on March 2, 2019, in a show of support against the Saudi-led intervention in the country. (Photo by AFP)

Separately, a number of Saudi mercenaries were killed or injured when Yemeni forces launched a barrage of artillery rounds at their gatherings in Asir region in Saudi Arabia.

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 former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

Fatima Hadi, a 12-year-old displaced Yemeni girl suffering from acute malnutrition, is treated at a hospital in Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah province, on February 25, 2019.  (Photo by AFP)

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US 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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