Saudi soldier killed near Yemen border

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Saudi soldier killed near Yemen border
Saudi soldiers keep watch at Khoba, the frontline border with Yemen. Reuters file photo

Riyadh - Most Saudi casualties have been from retaliatory cross-border rocket attacks or combat.

By AFP

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Published: Sun 25 Dec 2016, 10:37 AM

Last updated: Sun 25 Dec 2016, 6:46 PM

A Saudi soldier was killed in a cross-border firefight with Yemeni rebels, the interior ministry said Sunday.
A border post was attacked overnight by Houthi rebels, a spokesman said, adding that one soldier wounded in the exchange died before reaching hospital.
He was the latest of at least 111 Saudi soldiers and civilians to die in the country's south since the Kingdom launched a coalition to battle Yemeni insurgents in March 2015.
Most Saudi casualties have been from retaliatory cross-border rocket attacks or combat.
A Yemeni military official said on Sunday that five rebels were killed in a coalition air raid in the southern Shabwa province.
Also in Shabwa, three armed tribesman were killed in an ambush by fighters belonging to the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda.
President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Sunday visited the port city of Mukhalla, on Yemen's southeast coast, for the first time since loyalist forces retook it from militants.



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