Dozens of rebels dead in Yemen border battle

2015-05-01 08:04
Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel group take part in a demonstration against the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel group take part in a demonstration against the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

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Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said its forces on Thursday killed dozens of rebels from Yemen who launched their first major attack on the kingdom since Saudi-led air strikes began last month.

Three Saudi soldiers also died in the battle after the rebels targeted their observation posts, the defence ministry said.

"The ground troops today repelled an attack at the southern Najran border" by Huthi Shiites and allied troops loyal to Yemen's former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, it said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

"The ground troops engaged them" with support from air strikes, the ministry said.

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