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Saudi Tries To 'Neutralise' Yemen Rebels With Air Strikes

Yemen rebels get arms from Iran via Eritrea: opposition
Addis Ababa (AFP) Nov 8, 2009 - Iran is using Eritrea as a base to provide weapons to Shiite insurgents in Yemen, an Eritrean opposition leader alleged Sunday. "They (rebels) are receiving their arms from Iran through Eritrea," Bashir Eshaq, head of external relations for the opposition Eritrean Democratic Alliance, told AFP in an interview. "The weapons arrive in Eritrea's coastal towns -- mainly Assab, and from then onwards, Huthi rebels smuggle the arms to Yemen at night," he added. Eritrea lies just across the Red Sea to the west of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The Horn of Africa nation has frosty relations with the west, but has recently fostered close economic ties with Iran.

Sanaa routinely accuses Tehran's Shiite regime of backing the insurgents, a charge the insurgents deny. Yemeni authorities announced last month they had seized five Iranian nationals on a boatload of weapons destined for the rebels, but Iranian state-owned television dismissed the allegations as a "media lie." Fighting escalated over the weekend as the rebels claimed gains against government troops. The rebels said Sunday they had downed a Yemeni combat aircraft on the Saudi border and captured several Saudi soldiers after the neighbouring state entered the fray earlier in the week by stepping up bombing raids against rebel positions. Yemen's armed forces launched Operation Scorched Earth on August 11, aimed at crushing the Zaidi rebels who have waged an insurgency since 2004. Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in the clashes, and tens of thousands have been forced to flee their homes, resulting in a humanitarian crisis complicated by a dire shortage of food and other basic necessities.

by Staff Writers
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 6, 2009
Saudi Arabia said on Friday that it had launched air strikes against Yemeni rebels to "neutralise" infiltrators who had crossed the frontier and killed a Saudi border guard.

The air strikes from southern Jizan province were to "neutralise the firing by intruders" and to clear areas where they had encroached on Saudi territory, the government said in a statement on the official SPA news agency.

Earlier, a government advisor said Saudi F-15 and Tornado jets had begun bombing the positions of the Zaidi rebels inside Yemeni territory on Wednesday in response to a rebel attack on a border post a day earlier in which one Saudi was killed and 11 wounded.

"They've been hit hard and it's ongoing," he told AFP on Thursday, adding that the move was taken with the knowledge of the Yemeni government.

The SPA statement did not acknowledge the air strikes or reported shelling inside Yemen territory.

It said government forces had attacked rebel positions "inside Saudi territory" around the 2,000 metre (6,600 foot) Jebel al-Dukhan mountain which straddles the border of Yemen and Saudi Arabia's Jizan province.

But according to the government adviser, the attacks included going after rebel encampments in the area of Saada, a Yemeni provincial capital over the border.

"We took back a small piece of territory and hit their camps around Saada," he said.

The rebels also said that Saudi air force jets had attacked them inside Yemeni territory.

The Saudis said they took action following weeks of disturbances in the region, where Yemeni troops have been engaged in a major offensive against the Zaidi rebels, also known as Huthis after their tribal leaders.

On Tuesday, a group of rebels entered Saudi territory and fired on border guards, killing one and wounding 11 others.

They also burned six vehicles and occupied two villages before being driven out by Saudi forces, the government said.

The rebels accused the Saudis of permitting Yemeni troops to operate from inside Saudi territory.

The Saudi statement on Friday said their attacks were necessary to prevent the rebels from being able to fire into Saudi territory.

Pictures on the local website showed several Saudi village homes heavily damaged by alleged rebel mortar fire.

Late on Thursday, a US official said Washington was "concerned by the expansion of the conflict along the Saudi-Yemeni border."

"It's our view that there can be no long-term military solution to the conflict between the Yemeni government and the rebels," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

"We call on all parties to the conflict to make every effort to protect civilian populations and limit damage to civilian infrastructure."

An offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Zaidis form the majority community in the far north but are a minority in mainly Sunni Yemen.

Yemeni authorities accuse the rebels of seeking to restore the Zaidi imamate that ruled in Sanaa until its overthrow in a republican coup in 1962 that sparked eight years of civil war. The rebels deny the charge.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is himself a Zaidi.

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