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Wed 14 Jun 2017 07:23 PM

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Saudi guard killed in blast on Yemen border

Interior ministry says guard was wounded in the blast and died when he arrived at hospital

Saudi guard killed in blast on Yemen border
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A mine blast on Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen killed a Saudi border guard on Wednesday, the day after a similar fatality.

The latest explosion occurred at 1am local time during a patrol in the kingdom's southwestern Jazan region, the interior ministry said in a statement.

The border guard was wounded in the blast and died when he arrived at hospital, it said.

On Tuesday another Saudi border guard was killed when a mine hit his patrol, also in Jazan.

More than 130 soldiers and civilians have been killed in Saudi Arabia's southern border regions since a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes over Yemen in March 2015.

The coalition supports Yemen's internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the fight against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

The Huthis, allied with former members of the security forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have carried out retaliatory rocket strikes and engaged in firefights along the border.

The coalition has previously said the rebels laid mines along the border.

The insurgents have also launched ballistic missiles further into the kingdom.

In Yemen itself, more than 8,000 people have been killed in fighting since the coalition intervened more than two years ago, the World Health Organization says.

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