Two Saudi helicopters on Saturday stroke outskirts in Ghaida, the provincial capital of the Yemeni eastern governorate of Mahara, local sources said, as local authorities denied.
Two apaches from the Saudi army shelled al-Abri, after intense hovering over the village and Ghaida in general, leaving civilians in panic, said the sources.
Local authorities, however, denied any shelling by coalition planes on populated areas, claiming that the two apaches were subject of attempted attack by unknown sabotage elements over al-Abri village.
The two planes did not replay, since the attack was originated amidst populated areas, based on the fact that "coalition leadership is determined to not cause material harm for civilians," a security official claimed.
The attackers tried to entice the pilots to infighting, indifferent about the life of civilians, the official added.
The helicopters left the area without firing at the site where the attack originated, he said.
A committee organizing a sit-in in Mahara dubbed the apache strike on al-Abri as "evidence on intentions of the Saudi forces towards all Mahara people, either opposing their presence in Mahara or not."
The Saudi "warplanes unjustifiably fired rockets near to populated areas," said the committee in a release seen by Debriefer, condemning "this indulgence by Saudi forces, that aim to show strength and terrify civilians in Mahara."
Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi group.
Since late 2017, Saudi Arabia has been trying to take control over the eastern governorate, following control over Ghaida airport and Nashton seaport, amid peaceful protests by Mahara people against Saudi troop deployment and erection of oil pipeline.
Mahara people have staged sit-ins and protests for months calling for Saudi troop departure from the governorate.
Last November, two protestors opposing Saudi presence in Mahara were killed in clashes following the establishment of new checkpoint in Hisween District.