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Yemeni snipers kill 19 Saudi troopers, mercenaries in retaliatory attacks

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead 19 Saudi troops and pro-Saudi militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Najran.

An unnamed military source told Yemen’s official news agency SABA that Yemeni forces shot and killed five Saudi troops in the al-Asha and al-Shorfa areas of the region, located 969 kilometers south of the capital, Riyadh, on Tuesday.

Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters launched two rockets against Saudi army outposts in the Rajla, al-Sadid and Lesser al-Makhrouq areas of the same Saudi region. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Later, Yemeni soldiers and their allies fired a barrage of artillery rounds at the al-Karas Military Base, leaving scores of Saudi soldiers dead and injured.

Separately, several Saudi soldiers lost their lives or sustained injuries when Yemeni forces targeted a gathering of Saudi troopers in al-Sharqan Military Base.

Additionally, five Saudi-sponsored militiamen were fatally shot in different districts of Yemen’s Southwestern Province of Ta’izz.

Yemeni soldiers and their allies also struck the position of Hadi loyalists east of Kahboub region in the same Yemeni province, killing two of them.

In Yemen’s Central Province of Ma’rib, army forces and fighters from Popular Committees launched a number of artillery rounds in the Wadi al-Ziq area of Sirwah district, killing and wounding a number of them.

Yemeni snipers also shot and killed seven Saudi mercenaries in different parts of Ma’rib Province.