Yemeni forces capture 42 Saudi troops in Bayda, Jawf provinces

Yemeni forces have managed to capture 42 Saudi soldiers in Bayda and Jawf provinces, and killed several others in Ma’rib.

The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, caught 31 Saudi soldiers in Rada district in the southern province of Bayda and captured 11 others in al-Matma district in the northwestern province of Jawf, Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency reported on Sunday.

The report added that the captured soldiers were being transported to the west-central Ma’rib province to boost Saudi presence there when Yemeni forces caught them.

In another operation, Yemeni forces attacked Saudi troops with Katyusha rockets in Ma’rib city, and killed six of them and wounded 17 others.

Yemenis carry out these attacks in retaliation for Saudi strikes, launched with the aim of undermining the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bringing back to power the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Saudi Arabia launched the deadly attacks on Yemen over a year ago in an attempt to bring Hadi back to power. Nearly 9,400 Yemenis, including 4,000 women and children, have lost their lives since late March last year.

The UN attempts to settle the crisis in Yemen through political approaches have so far failed. In December 2015, Houthi Ansarullah movement and members of the former Yemeni regime held inconclusive talks in Switzerland, which was coincided with the implementation of a UN-brokered truce that was mainly violated by Saudi Arabia.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report on Tuesday that a year of Saudi war on Yemen has left 934 Yemeni kids dead and 1,356 injured, with an average of six children suffering casualties every day.

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