Jizan, Asharq Al-Awsat- An authoritative Saudi military source has asserted to Asharq al-Awsat that Saudi forces discovered during their ongoing mopping up operations in the border strip, hideouts and hidden weapons caches for the infiltrators.
According to the source, one of the Saudi military positions in the border strip discovered that its communications were being jammed and this prompted its soldiers to carry out combing operations in the area, which resulted in the seizure of a group of infiltrators who had in their possession maps of the Saudi positions, listening and decoding devices, a laptop, in addition to various kinds of weapons.
The Saudi Air Force continued its raids on positions used by the infiltrators in the Razih, Al-Qalah, and Shada mountains in the border strip while army units continued their deployment in the area to monitor the infiltrators’ movements who usually hide during the day and attempt their infiltrations again at night and this is the period when Saudi soldiers succeed in capturing them. The Saudi Air force is concentrating its air raids on the border strip villages after the Saudi forces monitored several small groups distributed among several villages and their attempt to use their empty buildings for sniping operations against Saudi soldiers during the night.
In the same context, the armed forces’ commands issued orders to the remaining population in Al-Rahah, Al-Awmah, Umm al-Daraq, Salah, Al-Qusaybat, Umm al-Qubur, and several other villages near the borders with Yemen to evacuate them completely to protect their lives and because the area was already declared a military zone. A small number of these villages’ inhabitants refused to leave and stayed in their houses but the recent orders forced them to leave and coordinate with their relatives, acquaintances, and official quarters to obtain residential apartments close to their villages.
In a related note, authoritative medical sources disclosed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the general hospital in Samitah in Jazan area received at dawn yesterday the bodies of two soldiers in addition to five casualties, one of which was in a critical condition and transferred to the King Fahd Central Hospital. The sources said the two dead soldiers are Ahmad Bin-Said al-Umari and Abdullah Kalandar al-Abdali. Military sources said these casualties and deaths were the result of an attack late on Friday night by elements which infiltrated the Jabal Dokhan area where the Saudi forces were carrying out constant combing operations of the border strip to prevent the infiltrators from entering Saudi territories from the Yemeni side.