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Strike force at Yemen border
[ARABNEWS] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
announced on Monday that a strike force had arrived on the border with Yemen.

It happened as Yemen's Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia and the Saudi-led coalition forces traded heavy artillery and rocket fire in border areas on Monday, residents said, on the eve of a five-day humanitarian truce
..The purposes of a truce are twofold: 1.) bring up more arms, ammunition, and reinforcements; and 2.) get the enemy to relax his vigilance. A truce is not the same thing as a ceasefire, and a ceasefire doesn't mean you have to stop shooting...
The Houthis said they fired Katyusha rockets and mortars on the Saudi cities of Jazan and Najran on Monday, after the Saudis hit Saada and Hajah provinces with more than 150 rockets.

Saudi planes also struck positions of the Iranian-allied Houthi group in the central city of Taiz and in the oil-producing Marib province east of the capital Sanaa.

A Pak expatriate died and four others including a Saudi child were maimed when a mortar launched by the Houthis fell on a school and house in Najran, said a front man of the Civil Defense in the region.

In Jazan, a Saudi died and four others including a citizen and three expatriates were maimed when another Houthi mortar fell on a residential area in Harth, said Maj. Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani, front man of the Civil Defense in Jazan.

The latest fatalities bring to 11 the corpse count in Saudi Arabia since the Houthis began firing rockets and mortars over the border last week.

Civil Defense front man Ali Al-Shahrani told a local channel that the school and residential area in Najran came under fire at 7 a.m. on Monday.

A group of 17 international aid agencies said on Sunday that five days were not sufficient to provide relief to the country.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called the chief of staff and complained that the artillery was keeping him awake...
a Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in the anti-Houthi air campaign has gone missing, Morocco's armed forces said early Monday. The plane had been missing since 6 p.m. the previous day, a statement carried by the state news agency MAP said.

The pilot of a second jet has said he did not see pilot of the missing jet eject. The MAP statement said an investigation was under way into the whereabouts of the missing jet.

On Monday, Houthi militias broadcast a video they said was showing wreckage of the missing jet.


Posted by: Fred 2015-05-12
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