Yemen’ Houthis seize 20 military positions in Saudi Arabia: Spokesperson Sarei

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Yemen’s Houthi rebel group has on Wednesday claimed its forces entered neighbouring Saudi Arabia through crossing the border and took control over more than 20 positions.

While interacting with state-run SABA news agency on Wednesday, Houthi group spokesperson Yahya Sarei said the military sites in southwestern Saudi Arabia’s province of Najran were seized in a “surprise” offensive which carried since past three days.

The spokesperson stated more than 200 military personnel of the Saudi-UAE-led force coalition fighting the Houthi had been murdered or injured, while others were seized along with numerous military equipment, according to Al-Jazeera news reports.

Sarei was quoted as saying, “We have extensive video footage of the operation which will be broadcast later.”

However, Sarei’s claim could not be verified independently as there were no immediate comments from the Kingdom or its military coalition.

The Houthi-run Al-Masirah television channel has earlier on Wednesday reported Houthi forces had launched several attacks on multiple Saudi Arabia’s military positions in Najran province, a region adjacent to Yemen border.

Yemen’s latest dispute broke out in 2014 when the Houthi rebels allied with ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyal forces and seized much of the nation, including Sana, Yemen’s capital.

In March 2015, the war escalated when a military coalition led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign against the Houthis in an attempt to restore international recognized Yemen government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Since the war erupted in Yemen, tens of thousands of combatants and civilians have bee reportedly killed along with more than 85,000 children may starving to death.



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