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A Saudi man sits next to the wreckage of a vehicle at a market for cars, a week after it was struck by a retaliatory rocket attack by Yemen, in the Saudi border region of Najran, August 27, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
A Saudi man sits next to the wreckage of a vehicle at a market for cars, a week after it was struck by a retaliatory rocket attack by Yemen, in the Saudi border region of Najran, August 27, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Yemeni forces have targeted a convoy of Saudi military forces and Saudi mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southwest with a rocket.

The retaliatory rocket attack was carried out against the convoy by Yemen’s army and fighters of the Ansarullah movement in the al-Khazra’ district of Saudi Arabia’s Najran region on Friday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television said.

The report said the attack killed and injured a large number of the Saudi forces and mercenaries.

About 10,000 Yemenis have been killed since the regime in Riyadh launched its deadly campaign against Yemen in March 2015. The military aggression was meant to reinstall Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh who has resigned as Yemen’s president.

A 72-hour ceasefire went into effect in Yemen shortly before Wednesday midnight to allow aid to reach the families trapped in towns and villages cut off by months of Saudi bombing.

The Saudi military has repeatedly violated the ceasefire, however.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Friday that the truce was "fragile but largely holding." He said all parties should "show restraint, avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the 72-hour ceasefire."

On Saturday, Saudi jets hit the al-Maton district in the northwestern Yemeni province of Jawf, killing one Yemeni civilian.

Saudi Arabia launched rocket attacks against several areas in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada on Friday. According to al-Masirah, the rockets hit residential areas in the Shada district.

On Thursday, six people were killed in airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on Sa’ada and the province of Amran.