Cross-Border Attacks Kill Two in Najran City, Tight Security Expected at Yemeni Border
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Severity: 3 (Moderate)
Source: Drum Cussac
05/27/2015 (Saudi Arabia) – According to media reports, cross-border attacks from Yemen into Najran city on Tuesday, 26 May killed two people. A Saudi security officer was killed and three others injured when they were hit by mortar bombs in the Rijal neighbourhood of Najran at approximately 0930hrs (0630hrs UTC) on Tuesday morning. A second attack took place at around 1200hrs (0900hrs UTC), hitting a residential neighbourhood and killing one civilian and wounding five others.
The latest casualties bring to at least 28 the number of people killed in cross-border incidents since a Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen on 26 March. Incidents have mainly centred on Najran although attacks have also taken place in Asir and Jazan provinces. While military posts and bases are the typical targets, shelling has also landed in residential areas and killed civilians. Saudi has responded by sending reinforcements to the border, including a “strike force” that arrived in mid-May. The Saudis have also heavily bombed Houthi targets in their northern Yemen strongholds, although this appears to have had limited effect on the group’s capability to conduct cross-border attacks. Conflict spillover will continue to pose risks to civilian travellers, and may prompt airport closures or movement restrictions near the Yemeni border, including Jazan, Abha, Wadi al-Dawasser, Bisha, Baha, Sharourah and Najran. Personnel are advised to coordinate all movement in the country’s border regions with Yemen from a security perspective.
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