Yemen Huthi rebels ‘shell’ various areas in Saudi Arabia

Friday 03/07/2015
Determined to defend Jizan against any aggression

CAIRO - Yemen's dominant Huthi group and its army allies said on Saturday it had shelled various areas in Saudi Arabia's Jizan and Najran, killing and wounding several soldiers.

The Huthi-controlled Saba news agency said 13 shells had been launched on Friday, targetting several areas including Jizan's airport.

The shelling also led to the destruction of military equipment, the agency said, quoting an unnamed military source.

The source did not say how many Saudi soldiers had been killed.

An alliance of Gulf Arab nations has been bombing Yemen's Huthi militia and allied army units loyal to powerful ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 26 in an attempt to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

Saudi forces and the Huthis have been trading fire across the border since the Arab alliance began its military operations.

A Saudi-led air strike on a Huthi Shiite rebel stronghold in Yemen's northern mountains killed 23 people early on Saturday, tribal sources said.

The strike targeted a munitions factory in Saqayn, near Saada, the sources said.

Coalition aircraft also bombed the rebel-held capital Sanaa, targeting an arms warehouse and the air defence headquarters, witnesses said.