Riyadh: A recent report has revealed that Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees killed and injured dozens of Saudi soldiers in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions in September as part of their retaliatory raids against the Riyadh regime’s aerial bombardment campaign.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing unnamed Saudi social media activists, reported that Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot 42 troopers in the regions of Jizan, Najran and Asir last month.
Another 24 also sustained injuries in retaliatory attacks.
This is while the Saudi Press Agency asserted that only 32 soldiers had been killed in clashes with Yemeni troops and allied fighters.
The latest figures take to 467 the number of Saudi soldiers, who have been killed in skirmishes with Yemeni troopers and Popular Committees fighters within the first nine months of this year. A total of 293 Saudi soldiers have sustained injuries as well.
A number of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed on Sunday after Yemeni soldiers and their allies targeted four military vehicles of theirs in Yemen’s strategic western province of Hudaydah.
Separately, Yemeni forces and their allies attacked the positions of Saudi mercenaries in the Maqbanah district of the country’s southwestern province of Ta’izz, dealing a stinging blow to them.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s popular Ansarullah movement.
Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.