Clashes reported along Yemen - Saudi border

Published November 7th, 2009 - 09:45 GMT

Saudi troops battled Yemeni rebels on the border with Yemen, both sides said on Saturday, with the Shiite rebels claiming to have captured Saudi ground troops inside Yemeni territory.


The Saudi military pounded rebel positions on Jebel al-Dukhan with air strikes and mortar fire overnight, the Saudi news website reported. The bombardment killed a number of rebels. Some 40 Yemeni rebels surrendered to Saudi forces, the website added.


According to AFP, Saudi media reported that fighting erupted on Friday night in the Saudi border villages of al-Qarn, Qawa, and al-Dafeneyah, after the rebels infiltrated the area dressed as women. However, the rebels said that they were attacked by Saudi ground forces inside Yemeni territory.



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