Friday, November 13, 2009

Yemen: Saudi enforces six mile wide no-go zone in Yemen

The Peninsula reports Saudi Arabia is using air power and artillery to enforce a 10km (six mile) deep buffer zone inside Yemen to keep Yemeni rebels away from its southwestern border, a Saudi government adviser said yesterday.

Saudi officials said heavy guns had pounded insurgent positions across the border yesterday to create what Saudi media have called a “kill zone”. The defence ministry spokesman in Riyadh could not immediately be reached for comment.

The adviser, who asked not to be named, said the zone would be no place for civilians while the conflict raged. Any Yemeni caught crossing into Saudi Arabia would be interrogated to make sure no fighters were among them and then placed in camps.

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