saudi army 311 ap.
(photo credit: AP)
A Saudi army
commander says his military has lost 113 troops since the kingdom
launched a sweeping offensive against Yemen's Shi'ite rebels in November.
Gen. Ali Zaid al-Khawaji says the dead include a senior Saudi officer.
His body was found with those of two other soldiers after a battle last
week to drive Yemeni Shiite rebels out of a border village.
Al Riyadh newspaper reported al-Khawaji's figure on Thursday. It's a
significant jump from last week's toll, which stood at 82 dead and 470
Yemen's Hawthi rebels have been battling their own
government since 2004 over neglect and discrimination. When the rebels
crossed the border into Saudi Arabia and killed two border guards in
November, the kingdom's military joined the fray.