Saudi soldier killed by Houthi rebels on Yemen border

Saudi soldier killed by Houthi rebels on Yemen border
The border clashes are the latest retaliation by the Iran-backed rebels following the Sanaa funeral massacre on Saturday, which Houthis blame on the Saudi-led coalition.
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14 October, 2016
Houthi rebels have continued retaliatory attacks on Saudi Arabia following the funeral massacre [Getty]
A Saudi Arabian soldier was killed in a cross-border firefight with Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The Border Guard was killed after Houthis fired into the kingdom's southern Jazan region, the Saudi interior ministry said.

The exchange of fire is the latest retaliatory attack since Saturday's funeral massacre in rebel-held capital Sanaa.

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with Houthi rebels, called for "revenge" following the airstrike, which claimed more than 140 lives.

Rebels blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the October 8 attack.

On Monday Saudi Arabia claimed it shot down a ballistic missile fired into the kingdom by Yemeni Houthi rebels.

At least 110 Saudi soldiers and civilians have been killed along the border, either in rebel rocket fire or armed clashes, since March last year when the coalition began an air war against the rebels.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies intervened to support Yemen's internationally-recognised government after the Houthis overran much of the country, forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee.