Saudi Arabia says airstrikes only against 'infiltrators' from Yemen

Saudi Arabia said Friday it carried out airstrikes against "infiltrators" from Yemen that were limited to areas inside Saudi territory.

Saudi Arabia says airstrikes only against 'infiltrators' from Yemen
Saudi Arabia said Friday it carried out airstrikes against "infiltrators" from Yemen that were limited to areas inside Saudi territory, and vowed to press on with the military action until the border with its neighbor was secure.

The statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, did not identify the infiltrators or address claims by Arab diplomats on Thursday that the strikes hit across the boundary, targeting Houthis in Yemen's northern Saada province.

The SPA statement stressed the Saudi military action was confined to areas within the kingdom's borders.

The Yemeni government has accused Iran of aiding the Houthis while the Houthis have accused Saudi Arabia of carrying out bombing runs against them.

The SPA statement quoted an unidentified Saudi official as saying the Saudi offensive was prompted by an attack by infiltrators from Yemen who on Tuesday attacked Saudi border guards in the Mount Dokhan area, killing one Saudi soldier and wounding eleven.

The Saudi official said that attack and the infiltrator's presence on Saudi soil were a violation of Saudi sovereignty.

"That gives the kingdom the full right to take all measures to put an end to this illegal presence," the statement said. "The operations will continue until all positions inside Saudi territory are purged of all hostile elements. All necessary measures will be taken to prevent this from happening again in the future."

The statement said that since Tuesday's ambush, the Saudi military has carried out concentrated airstrikes against the gunmen in the Mount Dokhan region and other areas within Saudi borders.

The military also beefed up border security, "silenced the origin of the infiltrators' fire," tightened control over the areas where the infiltrators had tried to establish a presence and evacuated border villages.

The Saudi government adviser said no decision had yet been taken to send troops across the border, but made clear Riyadh was no longer prepared to tolerate the Yemeni Houthis.

Yemen's army launched Operation Scorched Earth in August against Houthis. Aid groups say around 150,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, which first broke out in 2004.


Agencies

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