Yemeni forces have reportedly clashed with Saudi-backed militants loyal to the former government in the Northern Province of Sana’a, killing over 50 of the mercenaries.
A military source, requesting not to be named, said the militants loyal to the former President, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, launched an offensive on Saturday to wrest control of Nihm district, east of the capital, Sana’a, Saba news agency reported.
However, Yemeni army forces and their allies, thwarted the assault and killed 52 Saudi-backed mercenaries in the process.
The source added that the pro-Riyadh militants have left the dead bodies of 17 comrades unattended in the area and withdrawn to a nearby region.
The development came on the same day that the UN-brokered peace talks on the Yemeni conflict ended without an agreement in Kuwait. The negotiations between delegates from the Ansarullah movement and the former Yemeni government had begun on April 21.
The two sides had agreed on a ceasefire, which went into effect at midnight on April 10 in Yemen, before the peace talks started, but Ansarullah says the Saudi military, which is backing the pro-Hadi side in the conflict, has on numerous occasions violated the truce.
In response to the Saudi raids, Yemeni forces fired several mortar shells at al-Jalah military base in the kingdom’s southern border region of Jizan on Saturday, leaving a Saudi soldier dead.