Saudi-led coalition says 8 Hezbollah fighters killed in Yemen

In first official announcement, coalition spokesperson says Lebanese terror group’s fighters, including a commander, slain near Saudi border

25 June 2018

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen on Monday said its forces killed eight members of Lebanon’s Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah in northern Yemen, near the Saudi border.

“The coalition killed 41 terrorist elements in Maran and destroyed their vehicles and equipment. Among the dead were eight members of Lebanese Hezbollah, including a commander,” coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement, without offering details on how the fighters were killed.

FILE – In this March 3, 2016 photo, Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold a poster of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah during a rally in support of Hezbollah, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

It was the first official announcement by the coalition of Lebanese Hezbollah fighters being killed in Yemen although Maliki told AFP it was “not the first time.”

The coalition has frequently accused Iran of providing weapons to the Houthis, namely ballistic missiles that have targeted the kingdom with increasing frequency.

Iran, also a backer of Hezbollah, has repeatedly denied arming the Houthis.

In a November interview with CNN, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Hezbollah of firing a missile provided by Iran at the kingdom from Yemeni territory. Hezbollah denies the claim.