Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Four more Saudis killed in fight against Houthis

 Saudis patrolling in the Jizan province, near the border with Yemen


Four Saudi soldiers have been killed in clashes with Shia rebels near the Yemen border, Saudi state television reports.Citing Assistant Minister of Defence Prince Khaled bin Sultan, it said the overall death toll of Saudi soldiers in the border conflict now stood at 82.
Houthi rebels have fought a sporadic insurgency in the region between Sanaa and the Saudi border since 2004.
Riyadh joined the fighting against the rebels in November, after one of its soldiers was killed along the border.
Prince Khaled bin Sultan said "hundreds" of Yemeni rebels had been killed on Saudi soil in the latest clashes, the Reuters news agency reports.He said the rebels had ignored a 48-hour deadline to quit their positions in the border village of al-Jabiri."The infiltrators have been eliminated from al-Jabiri and the whole district has been taken under control," he told state-owned al-Ekhbariya television, adding that 21 Saudi soldiers were missing.

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