Saudi Forces Hit Yemeni Rebels Hard Along Border


Saudi artillery fires into Yemen


Saudi Arabia and Yemen are two arabic speaking Sunni
Muslim-majority nations on the Arabian penisula with a
long history of hostility toward each other. However,
both nations are battling al-Qaida rebels, and both have
concerns about the growing influence of Shiite-majority
Iran and its growing influence in the Arab world. Yemen
has battled a local Shiite insurgency (called the Houthi
Rebellion or the Saadah Insurgency), in the northernmost
region of the country near the Saudi border.

As the Shiite rebellion in Yemen grew, and appeared to
be receiving aid from Saudi Arabia’s rival, Iran, the
Saudis in turn aided the Yemeni government. The Yemeni
rebels launched an incursion into Saudi Arabia in early
November, and a Saudi soldier was killed by the so-called
al-Houthi rebels along the border on Novermber 4, 2009,
and on November 6, Saudi forces openly intervened in the
Yemeni war with air strikes near the border and artillery
fire on rebel positions inside Yemen.

Saudi officials reported that as of Nov. 8, Saudi
military casualties included three killed, 15 wounded,
and four missing. Saudi Arabia claimed to have regained
control Saudi territory seized by the Yemeni rebels the
week before. Smoke from airstrikes rose above the Jebel
al-Dukhan, a 6,600-foot tall mountain on the border
between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, near the town of




video of a Saudi
warplane over Yemen border


 Web and News
Links on the Saudi-Yemen Border Wars:

Saudi and Yemen battle Zaidi rebels–AFP, Nov. 8, 2009

Saudi Arabia says regains area seized by Yemen
–Reuters, Nov. 8, 2009

Forces Bomb Yemeni Rebels on Southern Border
Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2009 

Capture Saudi Soldiers, Saudi Bombing Yemen for Third
–Nov. 6, 2009

Factbook on Country or

on the country name (Yemen) at this site.

Incidents in Yemen, 1998
the Al-bab website.


Voices Defy Child Marriage in
29, 2008

protest in south Yemen
Jane Novak, for the Long War Journal, May 27,

Jane Novak, for the Long War Journal, January 2,

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