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Yemen army attacks Saudi base in Aseer, captures several soldiers

Iran Press TV

Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:41PM

The Yemeni army, with the support of the popular committees, has managed to hit a Saudi military base in Saudi Arabia's southwestern province of Aseer, taking several soldiers captive.

In a video released by Yemen's al-Masirah television network on Saturday, the Yemeni forces are seen engaging the Saudi soldiers in the region, destroying their vehicles.

Yemeni media recently broadcast video footage of one of the Saudi soldiers who were arrested by the Yemeni army during clashes on the border with Saudi Arabia.

Expressing his gratitude for the Yemeni military for their nice treatment, the Saudi soldier, identified as Ibrahim Arraj Mohammed Hakami of the Fourth Battalion, First Brigade, based in Jizan, urged the regime in Riyadh to end its deadly aggression against Yemen.

"The Saudi army and the Defense Ministry should stop this war which is of no benefit but the destruction and killing of our brothers in Yemen," he said in the video, Lebanon's al-Manar reported.

The capture of the troops is part of retaliatory measures against Saudi Arabia by Yemeni forces over Riyadh's relentless aggression against its impoverished neighbor.

Also on Saturday, the Arabic al-Mayadeen news channel reported that five Saudi troops had been killed in a rocket attack by Yemeni forces in the al-Masfaq region of the kingdom's southwestern Jizan Province.

Six months of attacks

Saudi Arabia began its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The conflict has so far left about 5,200 people dead and thousands of others wounded, the UN says. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

In their latest airstrikes, Saudi warplanes targeted sites in the northern provinces of Sa'ada and Hajjah.

Three more civilians were also killed in Saudi Arabia's airstrike on a house in the Majzar district of Yemen's Ma'rib Province.

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