Seven Saudi Soldiers, Several Houthis Slain in Yemen Border Fighting

Saudi Warplanes Pound Houthi Militiamen in Northwest

by Jason Ditz, July 31, 2016

Significant fighting along the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia has left at least seven Saudi soldiers and an unknown number of Shi’ite Houthi militiamen slain, in some of the worst border clashing since the most recent round of peace talks began.

A statement from Saudi officials claimed that the seven slain included an officer and six soldiers under his command, and that the Houthis had infiltrated Saudi territory around Najran, before being repulsed by airstrikes in the area.

The Houthis’ statement didn’t discuss casualties, but reported that they’d fired missiles against targets inside Saudi Arabia, while Saudi warplanes continued bombing their forces both in Saudi Arabia and in northwestern Yemen. Indications are that over a dozen Houthis were killed all told.

The Saudis attacked Yemen over a year ago, but most of the fighting the country has been in the southern half, not along their mutual border. The pro-Saudi forces control much of the southern coast of Yemen, while the Houthis control the north, including the capital city of Sanaa.

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