At least 20 recruits were killed and wounded by the Saudi-led coalition forces on Monday in Ma’rib province, according to informed sources.
The sources affirmed that the coalition forces fighter jets waged a series of strikes on a mercenary military convoy, including recruits of the seventh region, as punishment for their defeat and their desertion from battle in the Medghal district during the latest fierce confrontations against the Yemeni army.
The recruits were targeted by the fighters after having fled from Medghal front towards the Raghwan district, north of the city of Ma’rib.
This is not the first time Saudi forces deliberately attack their own mercenary units. The city of Ma’rib has been militarised intensively over the past months, in an attempt to end mass desertions resulting from the total collapse of morale amongst mercenary forces.