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Saudi friendly fire kills 20 allies of Riyadh in Yemen: Report

Iran Press TV

Sun Aug 9, 2015 12:29PM

At least 20 militants loyal to the regime in Riyadh have reportedly been killed in a Saudi airstrike on Yemen.

Yemeni sources said the airstrike during the late hours of Saturday targeted an area along a coastal road heading toward the southern embattled city of Zinjibar, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

Meanwhile, at least 16 children and women were injured after Saudi-backed militants fired mortar shells in Yemen's southwestern Ta'izz City.

On Saturday, at least 70 militants fighting for Yemen's Saudi-backed fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed after fighters from Houthi Ansarullah movement and allied Yemeni army units repelled an attack on Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan Province. Latest reports indicate that the militants, backed by Saudi air cover, have been forced to retreat from the troubled region in the face of strong resistance by the Yemeni forces.

On the same day, the United Arab Emirates confirmed that a landmine explosion killed at least three Emirati soldiers who were fighting along the pro-Saudi militants in Yemen. However, some media reports put the death toll higher, saying that at least five Emirati troops were killed.

Saudi Arabia continued airstrikes against Yemen on Sunday. Five civilians were killed in such attacks on the district of Harf Sufyan in the northwestern Yemeni province of Amran.

A girl was also injured as Saudi warplanes targeted houses and mosque in a Yemeni village in the northwestern Sa'ada Province.

The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, meanwhile, has been carrying out retaliatory attacks in southern Saudi Arabia. In the latest such offensives, the Yemeni forces attacked a Saudi military base in the southwestern Dhahran al-Janub region.

Since March 26, Saudi Arabia has been pounding various areas in Yemen - without a UN mandate. The military aggression is meant to undermine the Houthi fighters and restore Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime, back to power.

In late July, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien said, "We continue to witness the death and injury of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. As of 24 July, health facilities report over 4,000 conflict-related deaths and over 19,800 injuries since 26 March. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reports that 1,895 civilians have been killed, and 4,182 injured."

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