Saudi jets hit ‘own’ militants in Yemen


SANAA: An unknown number of militants loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi have been killed in an incident in which Saudi military aircraft mistakenly bombed their positions in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib.
Yemeni military sources said Saudi warplanes carried out airstrikes on Ma’rib’s provincial capital city of the same name, 250 kilometers  east of the capital, Sana’a, on Thursday.
The attacks left scores of gunmen allied to Saudi Arabia killed or injured, Yemen’s official Saba news agency reported.
On Friday morning, Yemen’s army troops and fighters from allied Popular Committees fired rockets at the al-Shaibani military base in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Dhahran region, with no immediate reports on possible casualties.
Saudi fighter jets also struck the house of Abdullah al-Fazli, a member of the local council, in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz; but there was no word on possible casualties either.
On Thursday, Saudi-backed militants were dealt heavy blows east of Sirwah after Yemeni army soldiers and allied forces reportedly killed or injured scores and destroyed two military vehicles in the city, which is located about 120 kilometers east of the capital.
Later in the day, Saudi jets carried out three aerial assaults against the Khawlan district of Sana’a Province, but there was no information on possible casualties or the extent of the damage.
Saudi warplanes also bombed the port city of Mokha, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of Sana’a.

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