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Saudi Arabia says 375 civilians killed on its border in Yemen war

GULF NEWS Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 05:14 PM


New rules of engagement: ‘If you are close to the border, you are killed’


Riyadh: Mortars and rockets fired at Saudi Arabian towns and villages have killed 375 civilians, including 63 children, since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen in late March, Riyadh said on Monday.

Brigadier General Ahmad Asseri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, said that the Al Houthi militia and army forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh had fired more than 40,000 projectiles across the border since the war began.

“Now our rules of engagement are: you are close to the border, you are killed,” he said.

In a measure of how fierce the fighting on the frontier continues to be, nearly 130 mortars and 15 missiles were fired by the Al Houthis and Saleh’s forces at Saudi border positions on Monday alone, Asseri said in an interview in Riyadh.

Riyadh on Sunday announced it was improving its targeting mechanisms and would form a committee to investigate claims it had hit non-military targets.

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