Publish date26 Sep 2015 - 9:29
Story Code : 206414

Saudi commander killed in mine blast near Yemen border

A senior Saudi commander has been killed in a mine blast in the country’s southwestern province of Jizan near the border with war-torn Yemen.
Saudi commander killed in mine blast near Yemen border

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported on Friday that the Saudi colonel and two other military staff, including a high-ranking officer, were slain in the al-Khobe region of the province during clashes with the Yemeni Ansarullah fighters supported by army units that had penetrated into the Saudi territory.

The Saudi media have also confirmed the death of the commander, identified as Hassan Ghashoum Aghili (seen below).

Yemeni forces have so far killed scores of Saudi military forces in border regions, as Riyadh continues its deadly aggression against the impoverished neighbor.

Earlier in the day, Saudi airborne assaults targeted positions in the southwestern Yemeni city of Ta’izz, leaving 13 people, including three children, dead. Several others were wounded in the aerial strikes.

Saudi warplanes also launched eight airstrikes on the central Yemeni province of Ma'rib. There is still no word on the possible casualties of the raids.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International censured Washington and London for supporting Riyadh’s aggression against Yemen. It said Saudi Arabia was targeting and killing civilians in the Arabian Peninsula country by US-made weapons.

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

According to a report released on September 19 by the Yemen’s Civil Coalition, over 6,000 Yemenis have so far lost their lives in the Saudi airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured.
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