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.
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.