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The majority of the soldiers were killed in the Kingdom’s southern Jazan region, which borders Yemen’s northern Hajjah governorate on the Red Sea.

Saudi Arabia reports 11 soldiers killed on Yemeni border amid Houthi peace talks

Eleven Saudi soldiers have been killed on the border with Yemen in the last two weeks, according to the Saudi Press Agency's (SPA) coverage of a funeral attended by Saudi princes and officials.

The majority of the soldiers were killed in the Kingdom’s southern Jazan region, which borders Yemen’s northern Hajjah governorate on the Red Sea. The Saudi soldiers were from various military units.

The SPA did not address the circumstances of the soldiers' deaths, but mentioned the soldiers’ "martyrdom in the southern border,” suggesting they died during clashes with the Houthis in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia's announcement that a number of its soldiers have been killed comes amid reports of indirect negotiations between the Saudis and the Houthis brokered by Oman. The talks follow a Houthi pledge, in September, that the rebels would halt attacks on Saudi territory after claiming responsibility for targeting an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq that month. Western officials claim Iran was responsible for the attacks. 

Last week, the Saudi Civil Defense in Jazan said that shrapnel from a rocket fired by the Houthis fell on Al-Harath hospital in Jazan, as well as on civilian facilities in the area. No one was injured.


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