SANAA (AFP) - At least 70 people were killed in a Saudi air raid on a Yemeni village near the border with Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Yemens Huthi rebels alleged, declaring the attack a massacre. A spokesman for Yemens army, Askar Zuail, confirmed air raids in the region but said they were carried out by Yemeni planes and targeted rebel positions and not civilians. An Internet rebel statement said the attack was carried out Sunday morning against the village of Bani Maan in Razeh region of northern Sadaa province, the mountainous stronghold of the rebels. Saudi aircraft committed a massacre ... against the innocent residents of Bani Maan, the rebel statement said. According to a preliminary count, it added, the raid killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 100. It alleged that Saudi planes had carried out more than 50 raids during the course of Sunday. Zuail confirmed deadly air raids on Sunday, but gave little other detail. Bani Maan is one of the most fortified rebel strongholds. Today Yemeni aircraft launched a number of air raids (in the region), killing many Huthis, Zuail told AFP. There was no immediate reaction by the Saudi authorities to the rebels claims. A local official, Sheikh Arfej bin Hadhban, meanwhile, told AFP that five rebel chiefs had surrendered to authorities after having tried but failed to cross the Saudi border. Yemeni government forces launched an all-out offensive against Shia rebels on August 11 in an attempt to end a five-year rebellion, pushing them towards the border with Saudi Arabia. Riyadhs forces have been fighting the rebels since November 3, after a group of Huthis killed a Saudi border guard and occupied two small Saudi villages. On the political front, authorities in Sanaa called on Sunday for a national dialogue to be held on December 26 as proposed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to debate separatist unrest in southern Yemen and the threat from Al-Qaeda.