Saudi Planes Mistakenly Kill Four Yemeni Soldiers in Northeast

Attack destroyed military vehicle in Jawf

At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed and three wounded on Friday when a military vehicle was trying to advance into Houthi territory, but was hit with airstrikes by Saudi Arabian warplanes.

The attack took place in Jawf Province, where the Saudi-backed government has been fighting the Houthis for the past 24 hours. The Saudi attempt to help ended up hitting the wrong side, destroying a pro-Saudi vehicle.

Saudi officials confirmed the attack was carried out “mistakenly” against a Yemeni military target. This is hardly the first time Saudi airstrikes have hit the wrong target in northern Yemen, though it is rare for them to hit their own allies.

Instead, attacks in Jawf and elsewhere in northern Yemen have been hitting civilian homes in residential neighborhoods. The Saudis rarely comment on why these targets are hit, but they’re clearly non-military. The Saudis were quick to declare Friday’s strike a mistake, but often didn’t comment at all when civilians were killed.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of