1 Indian killed, 2 injured in Yemeni attack in Saudi Arabia

One Indian was killed and two others were injured in mortar attacks from Yemen around Samtah General Hospital in Jizan region of Saudi Arabia.

The dead has been identified as Farooq, a mechanic from Kerala while the two injured are Mohd Sadiq from Bihra and Sunny Thomas from Kerala, official sources said on Saturday.

The Indian was among four killed when Yemeni Houthi rebels attacked the Samtah hospital early Friday morning, said the officials, adding the injured Indians were not in serious condition.

According to reports, the attack was part of Yemen’s retaliatory measures against Saudi Arabia over Riyadh’s unabated military campaign in the impoverished Arab country.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes against Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies have killed 29 people, including civilians, in the capital Sanaa, security and medical officials there said on Saturday.

The coalition’s airstrikes hit an apartment building in the centre of the capital, a UNESCO world heritage site, killing a family of nine, the officials who remain neutral in the conflict that has divided Yemen’s security forces said.

One more civilian was killed and the search for more that may be buried under rubble is ongoing. The Houthis rebels lost 19 fighters in the overnight attack, the officials said.

Yemen’s fighting pits the internationally recognised President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s forces backed by the coalition against the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The strikes targeted some of Saleh’s estates, prompting pro-Saleh media to circulate a defiant statement from the former president, saying “the person they are searching for lives in the hearts of 25 million Yemenis.”

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to brief reporters.

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