Border Guards repel attack in Jazan, 3 soldiers martyred

Updated 01 December 2015
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Border Guards repel attack in Jazan, 3 soldiers martyred

JEDDAH: Three Saudi Border Guard soldiers died in fighting with "enemy elements" trying to cross the border from Yemen to attack two watch towers, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Monday.
An Interior Ministry spokesman was quoted by the SPA as saying said fighting erupted on Sunday evening when a Border Guard patrol at Al-Harath Sector in Jazan region intercepted the infiltrators, who were armed with machine guns and mortars.
In the ensuing gunbattle, the infiltration attempt was repelled but resulted in the martyrdom of Privates First Class Maree As'oos Ibrahim Darraj, Mohsen Mohammed Ahmed Mareedi and Osama Mohammed Ali Al-Amri, the spokesman said.
Saudi Arabia has been fighting Houthi forces in Yemen for eight months and has led a coalition of Arab states in a military campaign to drive the group from the capital Sanaa.
Several dozen soldiers from the kingdom have been killed in clashes along the country's long, rugged border with Yemen.
At least 5,700 Yemenis have been killed since March in a civil war that has pitted supporters of the exiled government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, against forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi militia allied to Iran.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.