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Yemen's Houthis 'fabricated' attack on Saudi border, says coalition spokesperson

i24NEWS - Reuters

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A fighter loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government firing a gun from an armoured vehicle during clashes along the Mashgah frontline against Houthi rebel forces near the contested northeastern city of Marib on April 25, 2021.
AFPTV / AFPA fighter loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government firing a gun from an armoured vehicle during clashes along the Mashgah frontline against Houthi rebel forces near the contested northeastern city of Marib on April 25, 2021.

Saudi-led coalition dismisses Houthi claims of incursion into Jazan region

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen dismissed as "fabricated" video footage issued by the Houthi movement on Saturday purportedly showing an incursion by its fighters into a Saudi Arabian border area on the frontlines.

Houthi-run Al Masirah television cited a military source as saying more than 80 Saudi soldiers and Sudanese "mercenaries" were killed or injured, while tens were captured in the operation near Al Khoubah in the southern Saudi region of Jazan.

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"Claims by the Houthi militia about executing a military operation on the Jazan border are media fabrications," Saudi state television cited coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Malki as saying.

The Houthis have been battling a Saudi Arabian-led military coalition for more than six years in a war that has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

The Iran-backed Shi'ite movement was labeled a terrorist group by the administration of former President Donald Trump -- but US President Joe Biden quickly chose to reverse the move on assuming office.

Earlier this month, Iran publicly confirmed for the first time that it is in talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia to work on resolving long-standing disputes such as the conflict in Yemen. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the Iran-Saudi rapprochement could help to end the fighting in Yemen.

The United Nations and United States are pressing for a ceasefire to the conflict in Yemen.