Yemen missile strike also killed 10 Saudi troops: reports

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA- Ten Saudi soldiers were killed in the missile strike in Yemen that also left 45 Emirati soldiers dead, Saudi media said Saturday, in the kingdom's first losses inside the country.
Friday's explosion at the Safer base in Marib province east of the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa was also reported to have killed five troops from Bahrain.

It was the worst day yet for the Saudi-led coalition that in March began a campaign of air strikes, targeting Iran-backed Shiite rebels, aimed at restoring President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government to power.
Coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri was cited by Saudi online media on Saturday as confirming the Saudi deaths in the explosion.
The Huthi rebels claimed they had fired a rocket that caused the blast, and the UAE's official press agency reported the military responded with a series of night raids on Marib, Sanaa, the northern Huthi stronghold of Saada and the central city of Ibb.
"The mission of the coalition forces is to restore peace and stability to Yemen," the daily Al-Riyadh quoted Assiri as saying.
"They will continue their military operations until their objectives are achieved."
While the explosion was the first time Saudi soldiers were killed on the ground in Yemen, around 60 people, mostly soldiers, have been killed inside Saudi Arabia by cross-border shelling.

Saturday, September 5th 2015

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