Saudi guards stop Houthi infiltrators near border

A Saudi soldier aims his weapon from behind a sandbag barricade at the border with Yemen in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP)

Saudi ground forces thwarted Houthi attempts to infiltrate into the kingdom through the border city of Jizan, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Saturday.

The news comes a day after talks aimed at resolving the Yemeni conflict ended in Geneva without reaching any agreement.

Yemen’s foreign minister Riyad Yassin on Friday blaming the Iran-backed Houthi militia delegation for hindering the talks, Al Arabiya News Channel reported Friday.

He also said there was no agreement on whether to hold a second round of negotiations in the Swiss city.

Also on Saturday, a car bomb exploded in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Saturday near the Qiba al-Mutawakil mosque used by the Houthi militia killing two people and wounding six others, Reuters news agency reported.

On Wednesday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for car bombs which killed or injured at least 50 people near Sanaa mosques and the headquarters of the Houthis.

More than 2,600 people have been killed since an Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes to try to stop the Houthis from completing a takeover of Yemen and to try to reinstate exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

On Friday, the Saudi-led warplanes bombed elite Republican Guard forces allied with the dominant Houthi faction in Yemen’s civil war, residents told Reuters.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45