A cross-border attack on Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebel forces resulted in late-night clashes that left three Saudi soldiers and “dozens” of Yemeni rebels dead, according to the Saudi Defense Ministry. A ministry statement said that a group of Yemen’s Shiite rebels attacked “border posts and control points” in the southern Saudi province
of Najran late Thursday night. Saudi forces, backed by air force fighter jets, repelled the attack, the statement said. A Saudi-led coalition of mostly Sunni Arab nations has been conducting airstrikes inside Yemen for more than a month, seeking to blunt the advance of rebel forces who have overrun the capital, Sanaa, and were advancing deep into southern Yemen. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are allied with military and security forces loyal to ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.