Four coalition soldiers were killed today as back-and-forth shelling along the Yemen-Saudi border continued, with the Shi’ite Houthi movement from Yemen shelling several border posts in three separate incidents along the mountainous border.
Two of the soldiers were identified as from Saudi Land Forces, and another was a Saudi border soldier. The fourth soldier was reportedly an officer from the United Arab Emirates, a country which has joined the Saudi war against Yemen.
The Houthis’ heartland is along the Saudi border, and they retain control over most of the northern part of the country, though pro-Saudi forces did seize a single border crossing in the far northeast yesterday, sparking a flood of refugees hoping to flee the war into Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia initially attacked the Houthis in March, demanding the re-installation of former President Hadi, who resigned in January. After months of fighting, the Houthis retain most of the country, but the remnants of Hadi’s forces remain active, and are backed by heavy air support from the Saudis.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Red Cross to Send 'Test Shipment' of Rice to Northern Yemen - August 16th, 2017
- Report: Saudis Increasing Yemen Airstrikes, Killing More Civilians - August 16th, 2017
- US: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain Fail to Respect Religious Freedom - August 16th, 2017
- In US-Backed Kurdish Invasion of Raqqa, Arab Allies Struggle to Find a Role - August 16th, 2017
- Syria Shifts War Focus to ISIS-Held Eastern Territory - August 16th, 2017