Pakistani, Saudi killed in bombardments near Yemen border: media

Civil defence spokesman Ali al Shahrani said "military missiles" hit school, residential neighbourhood in Najran...


Afp May 11, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH: A Pakistani and a Saudi were killed on Monday when the Saudi Arabian border region came under renewed bombardment from Yemen, official media reported.

The Pakistani's killing was a rare death of a foreigner during weeks of war the United Nations says have killed more than 1,400 people in Yemen.

Civil defence spokesman Ali al Shahrani, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency, said "military missiles" hit a school and residential neighbourhood in Najran city, "resulting in the death of a Pakistani resident".

SPA said the latest barrage came from inside Yemen.

Shahrani said it also wounded a Saudi child and three civilians "of different nationalities".

Saudi news channel al Ekhbariya showed footage of a building with its brickwork blown out, a shattered storefront and what appeared to be remains of a rocket.

A Pakistani official confirmed to AFP that one of his country's nationals had died.

"We are ascertaining from Saudi authorities the details about the victim's identity," said the official, asking for anonymity.

Later Monday, a residential area of Jazan district adjacent to Najran also came under attack, SPA said.

Civil defence Major Yahya al Qahtan was quoted as saying one citizen was killed and four people, including three foreigners, were wounded by missile fire on a border village in Harth municipality.

A husband and wife died in the same municipality last Tuesday when the cross-border bombardments began.

Twelve people on the Saudi side of the boundary have now been killed since Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen began firing the rockets and mortar rounds.

The Saudi-led coalition which has been bombing the Houthis in Yemen since March 26 said on Thursday that they had crossed a "red line" with their deadly cross-border fire.

The coalition retaliated by declaring the whole of Saada province - a Huthi stronghold on the border - a military target and pounding it with air strikes and artillery.

Brigadier General Ahmed al Assiri, the coalition spokesman, told AFP on Sunday that the retaliatory raids would continue right up to the proposed 11:00 pm (2000 GMT) Tuesday start-time for a five-day ceasefire, "if they continue to fire their rockets towards our cities, our population".

Saudi Arabia made the ceasefire offer on Friday after more than six weeks of air strikes but said the rebels would also have to abide by it.

COMMENTS (3)

bimal william | 6 years ago | Reply Yemen is another Syria in making.What is going to be achieved by war ? I know only two things we have achieved by war is death and destruction.We see the sufferings of common people. The mental agony they are going thru.They have lost everything from family members to friends.The 21st century human beings are supposed to be educated,intelligent and progressive but when I see the war I believe we have the mentality of barbarian age.
syed & syed | 6 years ago | Reply Saudis are crying as Houtis mortar shells fall into their area close to border.. Did any one see photos and images what brave Saudi and their allies did not dare enter into Yemen but by missiles and air power they completely razed Yemen to ground a repetition of Israeli game. Saudis knew that Yemen doe snot have missiles or air power to counter Saudi aggression..
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