Two members of Bahrain's army were killed and others were injured in a drone attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen on Monday during a deployment in Saudi Arabia near the border with the war-torn country, Bahrain's state news agency quoted the country's army as saying.
"This terrorist attack was carried out by Houthi drones on the positions of the Bahraini duty force stationed at the southern border on the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, despite the cessation of military operations between the parties to the war in Yemen," the Bahraini army statement added.
The statement said an officer and a soldier were killed and "a number" from the force were injured.
Brigadier General Turki Al Malki, the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy, condemned the attack and said they "reserve the right for an appropriate response," according to a statement carried by the Saudi state news agency.
He added that the coalition condemned this act of terror carried out by the Houthis in a treacherous hostile act that followed other hostilities during the past month, which included targeting an electric power distribution station and a police station in the border region.
Such acts come in defiance of the positive efforts led to end the crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution, he said.
The US Embassy in Bahrain sent a message of condolence to the families of those killed and said it stood by its long-term ally.
Condolences poured in from across the region.
In a statement, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry stressed its solidarity with Manama following the attack, extending its condolences to Bahrain, its people and the families of the fallen servicemen.
The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Ministry expressed its condolences and its solidarity with Manama, adding that the attack was a flagrant violation of international laws and norms which requires a deterrent response.
The Ministry also called on the international community to unite efforts and take a decisive stance to stop these operations and return to a political process that leads to peace, security, and stability in Yemen and the region.
The Ministry expressed its deepest condolences and sympathy to government and people of Bahrain, and to the families of the martyrs of this tragedy as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured.
Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Albudaiwi also offered similar messages of condolences.