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Yemen missile kills 2 Indians in Saudi Arabia

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Published : Dec 21, 2015, 3:13 am IST
Updated : Dec 21, 2015, 3:13 am IST

Two Indians were among three persons killed when a missile fired from strife-torn Yemen struck Saudi Arabia’s south-western border city of Najran, the third such incident this year involving Indian na

Two Indians were among three persons killed when a missile fired from strife-torn Yemen struck Saudi Arabia’s south-western border city of Najran, the third such incident this year involving Indian nationals.

Two Indian expatriates along with a Saudi citizen were killed Saturday by a missile fired across the borders with Yemen, the official the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The spokesman of the Civil Defense Lt. Col. Ali Al-Shahrani identified the Saudi citizen as Hamad Ali Yassin Al- Hatila, 40.

He said some people were injured in the incident and were rushed to the hospital, Saudi Gazzette reported.

India's consul general in Jeddah, B.S. Mubarak, confirmed that two Indians from Tamil Nadu were killed in the attack near a museum on the edge of Najran.

In September, an Indian was killed and three others were injured in mortar attacks in Saudi’s Jizan region by rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis.

Meanwhile, fierce fighting and airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition pounded northern Yemen, as Yemeni peace talks concluded in Switzerland on Sunday without an agreement to end nine months of civil war and foreign intervention, but rival factions will resume negotiations on January 14.

“The first round of Yemeni discussions ended with an agreement for them to be revived... In Ethiopia on the 14th ofJanuary,” a source said.

In the clashes, the dead included more than 40 rebels and 35 government troops, with 50 wounded on the rebel side and dozens wounded on the government side, with 50 wounded on the rebel side and dozens wounded on the government side. Dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles were destroyed, according to officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered the country.

The government troops advanced across the border from Saudi territory after training there for months.

Location: Yemen, Sanaa