World Bulletin/News Desk
Saudi Arabia warned against any breach of its border after Shiite Houthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen seized a crossing point into the kingdom the National reported.
“If anyone comes into the border area, we are ready to engage them,” Gen Mohammed Al Ghamdi, spokesman for Saudi Arabia’s border guards, said on Sunday. “We are always on alert because of the situation on the border.”
The rebels grabbed the crossing along the kingdom’s southern border earlier this week as they expanded their control in impoverished Yemen. The passage is adjacent to the Saudi province of Jazan, where the kingdom’s troops were drawn into a conflict in 2009 following a cross-border incursion.
Arab News reported on Sunday that the kingdom’s troops had been placed on high alert.
Saudi Arabia has reinforced security along its 1,800-kilometre border with Yemen to try to block infiltrators operating in the rugged terrain and remote mountain villages. Saudi soldiers patrol in search of drug and arms smugglers and monitor the frontier from a chain of watchtowers.
It has also bolstered its defences in the north to prevent Iraq’s sectarian conflict from spilling across the border.
“We have to defend our border,” Gen Al Ghamdi said. “We are monitoring the situation closely.”
Five years ago, Saudi forces battled Houthi rebels who had seized land inside the kingdom, losing more than 100 soldiers during three months of fighting.Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Kasım 2014, 22:52