Ten Saudi soldiers killed near Yemeni border

Saudi soldiers prepare to fire artillery towards the border with Yemen in Najran, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP)

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that 10 of its soldiers were killed in a Houthi strike at an arms depot at a military base in the eastern province of Maarib in Yemen the day before, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The incident took place when Houthis fired a missile that hit a weapons store at a military camp. It also killed 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and 5 from Bahrain.

Series of airstrikes

In response to the attack, the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched a series of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Houthis across Yemen.

The airstrikes targeted the arms depot from which the Houthis launched the missile that killed the soldiers the day before.

The coalition also targeted one of the biggest arms depots in Marib as well as Houthi positions in several parts of the capital Sanaa, according to the channel.

In a separate development, forces loyal to internationally-recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi seized parts of Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz from Houthis.

Since late March, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a bid to restore Hadi's government back to power.
 

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