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Saudi Military Source: Yemeni Women Used as Human Shields by Infiltrators Rescued | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Jizan, Asharq Al-Awsat – A source in the Saudi armed forces denied that the Houthi infiltrators had taken control of the Al Jabri military post, in response to statements by the Houthi media office claiming that they were in control of this site.

In response to a question by Asharq Al-Awsat, the source said, “No infiltrator is able to get close to the Saudi border, and anybody who wants to get close has no [option] other than surrender or death.”

The source confirmed that the Saudi forces had stepped up its deployment along the border. “No infiltrator is able to get close to the border,” said the source.

The Saudi forces also continued their military operations to secure the safety of the border from infiltration operations using heavy artillery and F-15 fighter jets and Apache helicopters.

The Saudi military revealed yesterday that it arrested a number of Houthi elements attempting to infiltrate Saudi territory using women as “human shields.”

A military source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Saudi forces were able to rescue the Yemeni women who were being used by the Houthi infiltrators as human shields. The military source added that the Saudi forces had “rescued the Yemeni women from the infiltrators, killing the infiltrators.”

The Saudi military is attempting to deal with the infiltrators cautiously, as they are using women and children as human shields, in order to avoid harming innocent people.

According to a military source, the Houthi infiltrators have begun to use deception in their operations, such as using women and children as human shields, or disguising themselves in Yemeni military uniform. The Saudi source added that such tricks have become clear to the Saudi army, and all such situations are being dealt with “vigilantly and cautiously.”

It has also been revealed that the Houthi infiltrators are using children [in their attacks], sending them to the Saudi border equipped with explosive [suicide] belts. The military source confirmed that in the future the Saudi military will deal with infiltrators cautiously, so that the option of surrender is available, after it is ensured that the infiltrators are not carrying explosive material.

According to a military source, the Saudi paratrooper units stationed along the border redline and in the mountain region are continuing their patrol operations and their defence of the Saudi border.

In addition to this, the news of the safe return of Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz to Saudi Arabia following a successful journey for treatment has raised the morale of the troops stationed along the frontlines.