More than 1,000 Saudi troops have reportedly been killed since early 2015, when the Riyadh regime and a coalition of its allies unleashed a bloody war against Yemen.
The death toll was registered after more than a dozen Saudi forces were killed during recent cross-border operations against Yemen, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday, citing Saudi state media outlets.
This is a rare admission of the Saudi military casualties. The kingdom has a policy of withholding information on the casualties it has suffered during the war.
Meanwhile, figures released by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights suggested that over 600,000 people have been killed or injured in the Saudi-led campaign, which is meant to crush Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall its former Riyadh-friendly officials.
The Houthi movement, backed by allied Yemeni forces, has been defending the country in the face of Saudi-led attacks.
Yemeni forces have recently stepped up their counter-attacks, taking their operations to border regions of Saudi Arabia, where they usually carry out ground and missile attacks against positions belonging to the Riyadh military.