Five Saudi troops die on Yemen border: Coalition

 

Five Saudi troops die on Yemen border: Coalition

Saudi soldiers died "in the line of duty while protecting the nation's borders".

By AFP

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Published: Mon 14 Sep 2015, 1:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 15 Sep 2015, 10:10 AM

Five Saudi soldiers have died on the border with Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition said late on Sunday as forces inside Yemen began a major offensive against rebels.
The statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said they died "in the line of duty while protecting the nation's borders".
It appeared to be the largest single military loss in the border region announced by the coalition since March 26, when it began action in Yemen against Houthi rebels.
In June the coalition said four Saudis and dozens of Yemenis were killed in battle when forces loyal to Yemen's former president attacked several locations on the Saudi border.
Houthis began to lose ground in July when the coalition, according to military sources, sent in armour, troops and Yemeni fighters trained in Saudi Arabia.
On Sunday coalition-supported anti-rebel forces in Yemen began a major offensive aimed at pushing the Houthis out of Marib province and eventually moving on the capital Sanaa which the Houthis seized last year. Another 10 Saudi troops died inside Yemen earlier this month.
They were among 60 coalition soldiers killed when a missile hit their base in Marib province.
 


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