Al-Masirah, the media arm of Ansarullah (Houthi) movement, quoted a source at the movement’s snipers’ squad saying early Monday they had sniped nine Saudi soldiers and five Yemeni government soldiers at two locations in Gizan, southwest of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi news agency SPA had earlier said six soldiers, two of them from the national guard corps, died in border encounters with Ansarullah.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading an Arab military alliance against Houthis since 2015, backing Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s quest to retake areas occupied by Houthis since then. Alliance members have accused Iran of arming Houthis with ballistic missiles, some of which have been regularly intercepted above Saudi Arabian regions. Houthis regularly declare targeting Saudi troopers at border areas and leaving fatalities among them.
War in Yemen has left thousands dead and millions in need for urgent humanitarian assistance.