Yemeni army soldiers backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees have managed to seize a village in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan as Riyadh pushes ahead with its military campaign against embattled Yemen.
On Friday, Yemeni forces could wrest complete control of al-Jaberi village, located 966 kilometers (600 miles) south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, without any resistance from the kingdom’s army soldiers, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.
An unspecified number of Saudi soldiers were also killed when Yemeni soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees stormed al-Mosfaq military camp in Saudi Arabia’s al-Tawal region.
The development came as Saudi fighter jets pounded al-Nahdin district in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a later in the day, though there were no immediate reports on possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
Saudi warplanes also bombarded a stadium in the central Yemeni city of al-Bayda, located about 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Sana’a, but no casualties were immediately reported.
Moreover, Saudi military aircraft carried out 15 airstrikes against the city of Harad in Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah Province on Friday; however, no reports of casualties were available.
There are also reports that Saudi warplanes have used phosphorus bombs to hit Jabal al-Balaq mountain on the outskirts of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the Yemeni capital.
Additionally, Saudi jets struck al-Wazaiyah district in the southwestern Yemeni province of Taiz with laser-guided bombs, but no reports about casualties were available.
Saudi Arabia launched 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 fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Christophe Boulierac, spokesman for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said on October 2 that 505 children have been killed and 702 others wounded since late March.
According to Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the total number of civilian casualties in the past six months reaches 7,217, including 2,355 killed and 4,862 wounded.
However, local sources have given a much higher death toll, with Yemen’s Civil Coalition saying the violence has claimed the lives of some 6,400 people.