Yemen’s Houthis Seize Military Post in Saudi Arabia — Saudi, Iranian War of Words Intensifies

Saudis Dismiss Claimed Loss in Jizan as ‘Lies’

By Jason Ditz, September 15, 2016

According to officials from the Shi’ite Houthi movement, Yemeni Houthi forces fighting along the border with the Saudi military have crossed into the southern Jizan region, capturing a military post inside Saudi Arabia, seizing weapons left behind by the border troops.

This is the first time since the Saudi invasion of Yemen last year that any territory inside Saudi Arabia has been lost, and Saudi officials claimed the Houthis were lying about the incident, and that the post had not been overrun by rebel fighters.

It would not be an unprecedented move, however, as during earlier Houthi uprisings in northern Yemen they often took territory across the ill-defined border, claiming it to actually belong to Yemen. In 2003, Saudi Arabia built a barrier along the border, as they claim it to exist.

Before 2003, the “border” meant very little, and treaties between Yemen and Saudi Arabia allowed herdsmen from either country to graze within a substantial region on either side of the border. The war has made fighting along that border more common, and it seemed only a matter of time until the Houthis would move back into Yemen.

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Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest denouncing the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest denouncing the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, in January 2016. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP
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A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain

A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain  Photo: Reuters

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Iranian protesters burn U.S. and an Israel flags during a protest against the execution of the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in northern Tehran

Iranian protesters burn U.S. and an Israel flags during a protest against the execution of the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in northern Tehran  Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/SIPA/REX — 2 January 2016

Iran angry protesters attack Saudi Embassy in Tehran & Consulate in Mashhad. Police arrests a few to restore calm.
The Saudi embassy in Tehran was burned and looted in January 2016 after the Saudis executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Iran angry protesters attack Saudi Embassy in Tehran & Consulate in Mashhad. Police arrests a few to restore calm.
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One Response to “Yemen’s Houthis Seize Military Post in Saudi Arabia — Saudi, Iranian War of Words Intensifies”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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