Yemeni snipers have killed two Saudi troopers in the kingdom’s southern region of Jizan in another retaliatory attack against Riyadh’s full-scale war on the impoverished nation.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network carried the report on Sunday, saying the first soldier was killed in ambushes by the Yemeni army sharpshooters in the Faridhah military base and the second trooper was fatally wounded in Dafiniah village later in the day.
A report by Reuters published in April last year said that at least 400 Saudi soldiers had been killed in the cross-border fire since the start of the war in March 2015.
In early April, Arabic-language Yemen Watch news agency reported that nearly 120 Saudi troopers had been killed in dozens of sniper operations carried out by Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees. It added that most of the operations had been conducted in Jizan, where a total of 74 Saudi soldiers lost their lives in 22 encounters.
In early May, al-Masirah reported that Yemeni sharpshooters had managed to fatally injure as many as 64 Saudi troops in April alone.
The Riyadh regime has maintained a policy of ambiguity regarding its casualties in the war on Yemen. Senior military officials have said that they would not release such information until after the war.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s official Saba news agency, citing an unnamed military official, said that a unit of Yemeni forces had attacked a military vehicle belonging to the Saudi mercenaries near the al-Khanjar military base in the northern province of Jawf, destroying the vehicle and killing all its crew members.
Other reports also maintained that Yemeni forces launched an artillery attack against several Saudi mercenaries’ gatherings in different localities of the kingdom’s Asir region, killing a number of them.
Over the past two years, Yemen has been heavily bombarded by Saudi warplanes as part of a brutal campaign against the impoverished country in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Nearly 3.3 million Yemeni people, including 2.1 million children, are currently suffering from acute malnutrition.
The military campaign, which has claimed over 12,000 civilian lives, has fallen short of its stated aims, including obliterating the Houthi movement. The Saudi aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.