Barrage of Yemen militia rockets target Saudi civilians, killing children

At least five children were killed and scores of adults injured since Sunday in Saudi border towns of Jazan, Najran and South Dhahran

Ismaeel Naar
Ismaeel Naar - Al Arabiya English
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Dubai/Najran - Over the past couple of days, Houthi and Ali Abdullah Saleh militia forces have been arbitrarily targeting Saudi civilian areas with rocket attacks, leaving at least five children dead and injuring tens of other adults.

Three Saudi citizens, one woman and two men, where injured in Samtah district of Jazan early on Monday morning after a cross border rocket attack was launched near their home.

Also during the day, a Saudi child, two Saudi women and an Ethiopian woman were injured in another cross border rocket attack by Yemeni militia forces in the Al Tawal district of Jazan.

Moday’s attack come a day after a rocket fired from Yemen killed two girls on Sunday in the Saudi Arabian border city of Najran, as Houthi militias escalated their attacks after the collapse of political talks to end the 17-month conflict.

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The attack also injured five other family members was another attack on the city a day after a 3-year-old boy was killed and his 9-year-old cousin injured when a Katyusha rocket fired from Yemeni territory hit their Najran home in the kingdom’s southern region.

In the city of South Dhahran, a total of nine rockets attacked the city – three of them targeted a Quran school compound while six rockets fell into citizens’ homes in the West Raheeb neighborhood. No one of was killed or injured in the attacks.

In Jazan’s Al Tawal district, another rocket targeted a citizen’s home, which led to death of a child and injuring two female relatives.

Late on Saturday night, a child was killed and his mother seriously injured when a rocket hit their home in southern Najran. The child, Nawaf Salem al-Abbas, was 11-years-old.

Frequency of rocket attacks on Saudi border cities have seen an increase since the suspension peace talks hosted by Kuwait earlier this month Iran-backed Houthi militias, and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government.

Answering a question on why Saudi officials believe the attacks are arbitrary, Najran Civil Defense Spokesperson Ali Omeir al-Shahrani said “If it weren’t so, Houthi militias would target our soldiers. But they’re targeting houses, schools and innocent children instead.”

According to officials, the city has witnessed more than 10,000 rocket attacks mostly arbitrarily targeting civilians.

“Houthi militias and Ali Abdullah Saleh are targeting us civilians because they cannot successfully fight our soldier,” Mane’a al-Ghobari, a 39-year-old teacher, told reporters in Najran on Saturday.

“They’re doing this to pressure our government and force us to leave. But we vow to stay put as this is our city,” he added.

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