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Saudi soldier killed by Yemen fire, one dead in crash

By AFP   |   25 August 2015   |   7:56 am  

Armed Yemeni tribal gunmen from the Popular Resistance Committees monitor a street in the southern city. PHOTO:news.yahoo.com

Armed Yemeni tribal gunmen from the Popular Resistance Committees monitor a street in the southern city. PHOTO:news.yahoo.com

A Saudi soldier has been killed by artillery fire from Yemen, while another died when his patrol vehicle crashed along the border, authorities in Riyadh said on Tuesday.

A Saudi border post in the kingdom’s southern Jazan region came under shell and rocket fire from Yemeni territory on Monday.

One soldier was killed and three others wounded, an interior ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official SPA news agency.

In a separate incident, a Saudi soldier operating along the border with Yemen was killed when his vehicle overturned, the spokesman added.

Riyadh said Sunday that rocket fire from Yemen had killed a Saudi general, the highest-ranking officer to die in border attacks since a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes against Iran-backed rebels across Yemen in March.

Close to 60 people, mainly military personnel, have been killed in Saudi Arabia’s border region since the Riyadh-led operation was launched.



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