Middle East

Three Saudi troops killed near Yemen border

Soldiers were killed in clashes with Houthi fighters near border with Yemen, according to media reports

18.01.2018
Three Saudi troops killed near Yemen border

By Ahmed al-Masri

DOHA, Qatar

At least three Saudi soldiers were killed in clashes with Shia Houthi fighters near Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Thursday.

Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz, acting governor of the Saudi province of Jazan, where the soldiers were reportedly killed, conveyed his condolences to the slain soldiers’ families, the SPA reported.

The news agency did not, however, provide any additional details regarding the time or circumstances of the soldiers’ deaths.

Yemen has remained dogged by violence since 2014, when the Shia Houthi militia overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a wide-ranging campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's pro-Saudi government.

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