Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees have killed at least six Saudi soldiers during separate attacks in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions as part of their retaliatory raids against the Riyadh regime’s deadly campaign against their crisis-hit country.
The Qatari al-Jazeera television news network reported that Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot the troopers during different exchanges of fire over the past two days.’
Meanwhile, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the Chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, has sharply criticized Sudanese authorities for the participation of militiamen from the Northeast African country in the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen.
“The people of Sudan know very well that the last thing that (Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman) Burhan, (his deputy General Mohamed Hamdan Doklo) Humaidti or (deposed president Omar) al-Bashir thinks is to defend the sanctities,” Houthi wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.
He also questioned why Sudan is hiding “the fate of participants in the (Saudi-led) aggression (on Yemen)” and refraining from disclosing the exact number of Saudi-paid Sudanese fighters, who have been killed, captured or gone missing while fighting in Yemen.
On Saturday afternoon, the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces said more than 4,000 Sudanese militiamen fighting alongside Saudi-led military forces against Houthi Ansarullah fighters had been killed and many more injured ever since the Riyadh regime and its allies launched a military aggression against Yemen.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital Sana’a, Brigadier General Yahya Saree said 4,253 Sudanese militants had lost their lives in clashes with Yemeni forces, noting that the total number of the Saudi-paid Sudanese mercenaries killed in Yemen since the beginning of the current year stands at 459.
Saree pointed out that 185 Sudanese militiamen had been killed and tens of others wounded in battles against Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees during the past few months.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.