Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:23PM
In this file photo, Saudi soldiers hold a position on Mount Doud, a highly strategic position in the southern Saudi province of Jizan, near the border with Yemen. (Photo by AP)
In this file photo, Saudi soldiers hold a position on Mount Doud, a highly strategic position in the southern Saudi province of Jizan, near the border with Yemen. (Photo by AP)

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have reportedly launched two separate attacks against Saudi border guards in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Asir, leaving three soldiers dead.

Yemeni snipers shot and killed three Saudi troops in the al-Alab border crossing on Friday evening in an apparent retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s incessant aerial bombardment campaign against its impoverished and beleaguered country, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

Yemeni soldiers and Popular Committees fighters also lobbed several missiles at al-Sarqah military camp in the same Saudi region, though no reports of casualties were immediately available.

Separately, Yemeni forces and their allies foiled Saudi soldiers’ attacks on their positions in the Rabuah area of Asir.

Earlier on Friday, scores of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed and injured as Yemeni forces thwarted their offensive against Boqe'e crossing in Najran, located 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Yemeni forces also lobbed a barrage of artillery rounds at the gatherings of Saudi soldiers in Beit al-Moshqaf and Madrasah al-Qawiyah areas in Jizan, located 967 kilometers southwest of Riyadh.

Yemeni cameraman injured in Ta’izz Province

Meanwhile, a cameraman for al-Masirah television channel sustained gunshot wounds as he was covering developments in the southwestern province of Ta'izz.

Ali al-Moqlas was working in the Dhubab district of the province on Friday afternoon, when a pro-Saudi gunman opened fire on him. Moqlas’s wounds have been described as minor and not life-threatening.

Moreover, Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike against an area in the al-Madaribah Wa al-Arah district of Yemen's southern province of Lahij, but no information on casualties or the extent of damage were immediately available.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in a deadly campaign against Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back the former Yemeni government to power and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The impoverished Arab country is grappling with the scarcity of food supplies and outbreak of diseases amid Saudi Arabia’s atrocious airstrikes.

The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) says 7.4 million Yemeni children are in dire need of medical help, and 370,000 run the risk of severe acute malnutrition.