Bahrain has suffered a tragic loss, with the death toll of its soldiers rising to three in a recent attack attributed to Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Initially, two Bahraini servicemen stationed in Saudi Arabia were confirmed dead following a drone attack on Monday, which occurred as they were patrolling Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen. Sadly, a third soldier succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, as announced by the Bahrain Defence Force.
The Bahrain Defence Force, mourning the loss of one of its own, identified the fallen soldier as First Warrant Officer Adam Salem Naseeb, who “valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.”
The Houthi rebel group, believed to be responsible for the attack, has not yet issued a comment regarding the incident.
In the wake of the attack, Bahrain has called upon the Iran-aligned rebel group to hand over those deemed responsible. This event unfolded amidst ongoing efforts to broker a deal between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels.
In 2015, a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen to support Yemeni government forces against the Houthi insurgency. The war has exacted a devastating toll, with hundreds of thousands of casualties, primarily from indirect causes, and an astonishing 80 percent of the population dependent on humanitarian aid.
The drone attack represents a significant escalation after more than a year of relative calm, facilitated by United Nations-mediated peace efforts in Yemen.
Notably, a Houthi delegation recently concluded a visit to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, following five days of talks with Saudi officials. This marked the first official visit by Houthi representatives to Saudi Arabia since the onset of the Yemeni conflict in 2014. The Houthis had forced out a Saudi-backed government and seized control of large portions of Yemen, including the capital city, Sanaa.
During the talks, progress was reportedly made on two key conditions: establishing a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Yemen and devising a mechanism for disbursing public wages. These developments come as peace efforts gain momentum in a region long marred by conflict and instability.