Saudi ramps up shelling on Houthi targets

In this Sept. 11, 2015, smoke rises after an airstrike by the Saudi-led Arab coalition at a weapons depot in Sanaa, Yemen. (File photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ramped up its shelling on Houthi targets near the border a day after five of its soldiers were killed in the frontier province of Najran, the Arabic website of Al Arabiya News Channel.

The five soldiers had been killed in eight hours of fighting when the Saudis confronted “enemy elements of armed groups who tried to infiltrate in several places” in the Najran area, the state-run SPA news agency reported a ministry spokesman as saying.

Houthi sites along the Saudi-Yemen border were targeted by the coalition, in which dozens of the Iranian-backed militias were killed.

Meanwhile, sources in the southern city of Taiz told Al Arabiya that fighters from the Popular Resistance who are loyal to the Saudi-backed government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi seized control of a mountain area near Taiz on Monday evening, after violent clashes with the Houthi militias.

Dozens of Houthi members were killed during the clashes, including one of their leaders Alawi Abdullah Abdul Ghani al-Junaid, and dozens were wounded. Another leader named Qanaf al-Soufi was also captured.

Eyewitnesses reported that Houthi militias had sent dozens of rockets and missiles targeting villages and neighborhoods situated at the bottom of the mountain.

The resistance has also repelled an attack led by the Houthis on the eastern side of the mountain. Violent clashes took place in different towns overlooking Taiz, where Houthis are trying to seize control of the city.

A military source said that Arab-led coalition aircraft bombed the coastal defense camp in al-Mukha west of Taiz. Smoke was seen rising from the camp.

The source added that the militias suffered from dozens of casualties and injuries targeted by the bombing in the vicinity of Mukha, in the north of the Bab el-Mandeb strait.

The coalition aircrafts also intensified their air raids on several fronts in the capital Sanaa and the northern province of Saada, bombing Houthi sites and areas controlled by forces loyal to ousted former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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