Over 1,000 Saudi soldiers have been killed in Yemen since early 2015, Saudi state media says.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened Yemen in March 2015 in order to establish own puppet government in the country. However, Saudi and Saudi-backed forces faced a fierce resistance from the Houthis and their allies. Since then, the conflict has been flaring in Yemen.
The Yemeni capital of Sanaa and a large part central and northern Yemen are still in the hands of the Houthis.
The recent report about over 1,000 Saudi troops killed in the conflict is a rare admission of the military casualties by the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has a policy of withholding information on the casualties it has suffered during the conflict.
Saudi-led forces are currently advancing along the western coast of the country with an aim to ccapture the key port city of Hudaydah. MORE HERE
If the Saudi military and its proxies are able to reach and besiege Hudaydah, they will cut off one of the key logistical lines in the Houthis-controlled part of Yemen.