25 Saudi mercenaries killed, dozens wounded in central Yemen

More than two dozen militants loyal to the former Yemeni government have been killed and scores of others injured during clashes with army troops and allied fighters in the western-central province of Amran.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the clashes broke out during an army operation on Saturday to wrest control over the strategic Heed al-Zahab mountain in Farzah Nihm district of the province, Yemen’s September 26 news website reported.

The source added that Yemeni forces managed to seize the mountainous region following the intense fighting.

At least 25 Saudi mercenaries, including a militant commander identified as Abdumohammad Bukhaiti, were killed during the fierce skirmishes, and tens of others sustained injuries, according to the source.

Separately, Yemeni army forces and Houthi Ansarullah fighters launched a ballistic missile at Shihat military camp in the northern province of al-Jawf on Sunday morning, leaving a large number of Saudi mercenaries dead and injured.

Supporters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement shout slogans and raise their rifles during a rally against Saudi Arabia in the capital, Sana’a, on December 17, 2015. ©AFP

The development came only a few hours after an unspecified number of Saudi-backed militants died in a missile attack by Ansarullah fighters against Tadaween base in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib.

Elsewhere in the southern coastal province of Aden, two bomb explosions ripped through al-Mos’abin village, but no casualties were reported.

Also on Sunday, Saudi fighter jets carried out a raft of aerial attacks Nihm district in Sana’a Province, though no reports of casualty and damage were immediately available.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015 in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and defeat the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.

By Press TV