Saudi soldier dies in border shelling from Yemen

a Saudi soldier aims machine-gun from behind sandbag barricade in the border with Yemen in Jazan, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AP)

A Saudi soldier has been killed in shelling from across the border in Yemen, the interior ministry announced on Wednesday.

He died on Tuesday in a strike on a border guards’ observation post in the Harth district of Jazan in the kingdom’s south, the ministry said.

Around 90 civilians and soldiers have been killed in shelling and skirmishes in Saudi border regions since March when a Saudi-led military coalition began air and ground action in Yemen against Iran-backed militias.

The coalition is supporting local forces against the Houthi militias who seized territory, including the capital Sanaa, from the internationally recognized government.

More than 5,800 people have been killed in Yemen since March, about half of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47