Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim to kill eight Saudi soldiers

Monitoring Desk

SANAA: Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Sunday claimed to have killed eight soldiers in attacks in southern Saudi Arabia.

The Houthi-run Saba news agency, citing a military source, said a number of allied soldiers from Sudan and Yemen were also injured in air and artillery attacks in the southern Najran province.

The military source said a Saudi-led coalition drone was also shot down by Houthi forces in Hajjah province in northwestern Yemen.

There was no comment from Saudi or Yemeni authorities on the Houthi claim.

30,000 Sudanese forces fighting in Yemen: As many as 30,000 Sudanese soldiers are fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, said deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council.

In a public address in Abri on the outskirts of capital Khartoum, Mohamed Hamdan, deputy chairman of Transitional Military Council (TMC), said the Sudanese forces are the biggest among the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen.

“Our ties with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are very strong. For example, we have 30,000 fighters fighting alongside the Arab coalition,” said Hamdan, who also leads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in Sudan.

“Some parties want to sabotage our good ties with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and this is unacceptable,” he said, referring to opposition.

Yemen fell into civil war in 2014 when Iran-backed Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in the impoverished country.

The ongoing violence has devastated Yemen’s basic infrastructure, prompting the UN to describe the situation as “one of the worst humanitarian disasters of modern times”. (AA)