Last Updated: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:57 pm (KSA) 09:57 am (GMT)

Saudi detains 100 rebels, 40 soldiers wounded

Saudi forces respond to attacks by Yemeni rebels who infiltrated into the Kingdom
Saudi forces respond to attacks by Yemeni rebels who infiltrated into the Kingdom

The Saudi authorities on Friday detained 100 Yemeni Houthi rebels who have infiltrated into the kingdom wearing women clothes, as 40 Saudi soldiers have been wounded in the ongoing military confrontations on the border regions between the Kingdom and Yemen, Al Arabiya correspondent said.

Yemeni Houthi rebels learlier launched an attack on the borders and entered al-Qarn village, which is only 5kms away from where the Saudi ground troops are deployed, he said.

Saudi forces continued on Friday pounding the positions of the Yemeni rebels who infiltrated into the kingdom and attacked its border guards.

Saudi Arabia also beefed up its forces on the border with its southern neighbor Yemen in order to repel attacks from the armed infiltrators, Al Arabiya correspondent in the frontiers said, adding that 40 rebels surrendered themselves and their weapons while many others have been arrested.

 The Saudi army will not be lenient, and there are calls inside the kingdom to clear its mountains from all infiltration, which is a suicide attempt of a guerrilla group 
Turki al-Sudairi

Saudi forces had attacked rebel positions "inside Saudi territory" around the 2,000 meter (6,600 foot) Jebel al-Dukhan mountain which straddles the border of Yemen and Saudi Arabia's Jizan province, according to Saudi Press Agency.

“The Saudi army will not be lenient, and there are calls inside the kingdom to clear its mountains from all infiltration, which is a suicide attempt of a guerrilla group," said Turki al-Sudairi, editor-in-chief of the Saudi’s major daily newspaper al-Riyadh, in an interview with Al Arabiya.

"This is a bloody play...who supports them and who wants to set the Arab region to fire?...I think they (rebels) are doing this in an attempt to get out of their impasse," al-Sudairi added.

Meanwhile, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) condemned the Houthi rebels' raids that killed a security guard and wounded others inside the Saudi territories.

A U.S. official said Late on Thursday Washington was "concerned by the expansion of the conflict along the Saudi-Yemeni border."

"It's our view that there can be no long-term military solution to the conflict between the Yemeni government and the rebels," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

"We call on all parties to the conflict to make every effort to protect civilian populations and limit damage to civilian infrastructure."

(Written by Mustapha Ajbaili)

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