Yemen shelling kills Saudi soldier on border

In this April 21, 2015 file photo, Saudi soldiers stand on top of armor vehicles, on the border with Yemen at a military point in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (AP)
Updated 15 January 2017
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Yemen shelling kills Saudi soldier on border

RIYADH: Shelling from Yemen has killed a Saudi soldier on the Kingdom’s southern border, the Interior Ministry said early Sunday. The Interior Ministry announced early Sunday the soldier's death in the kingdom's Najran region as a result of shelling and intensive fire Saturday afternoon.
A Border Guards post in Najran region came under attack as a result of shelling and intensive fire at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, killing a corporal, the ministry said.
Army troops intervened to support the Border Guards.
The corporal is the latest of more than 110 soldiers and civilians killed in southern Saudi Arabia by rocket strikes or skirmishes since a Saudi-led coalition began operations in Yemen almost two years ago.
In support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries began a military campaign in March 2015 against the Houthi forces. It said its mission served in part as a counterbalance to Iran's influence following its nuclear deal with world powers.the alliance started air strikes after Houthi rebels and their allies overran the capital Sanaa and moved on to other parts of Yemen.
Since then, more than 7,400 people have been killed in Yemen.


Did lightning strike trigger Gaza rocket attack on Israel?

Updated 23 October 2018
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Did lightning strike trigger Gaza rocket attack on Israel?

  • Hamas took the unusual step of denying it had carried out an attack
  • Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said there was reason to believe that was true

JERUSALEM: A theory that a lightning strike triggered Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza last week gained traction in Israel on Tuesday and might explain the Israeli military’s limited response.
Two rockets were launched from the Hamas-ruled enclave on Oct. 17. But the group took the unusual step of denying it had carried out an attack. Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said there was reason to believe that was true.
One of the rockets wrecked a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, causing no casualties, the other landed in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel responded with air strikes that killed a militant in Gaza.
Soon afterwards, video appeared on social media showing lightning illuminating the night sky in Gaza and then two flaming rockets streaking into the air.
Israel’s best-selling daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet now believed the lighting set off a launch mechanism.
Asked about the report, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of the security cabinet, told Israel Radio: “I won’t discuss security cabinet meetings and I don’t know which ministers are chatting with journalists, but I can say that as far as we know, Hamas did not intend to fire those rockets.”
Hamas officials had no immediate comment.
The rocket launchings coincided with Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, which have fought three wars in the past 10 years.