96 border villages being demolished

Updated 06 April 2015
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96 border villages being demolished

Authorities have decided to demolish 96 deserted border villages to prevent their use by infiltrators from Yemen. Ten villages have already been demolished since Operation Decisive Storm was launched on March 26.
A local newspaper quoted Hassan Aqeeli, the Border Guard commander in the Al-Harith region of Jazan, as saying that the move was to prevent the empty houses turning into safe havens for traffickers and infiltrators.
“These deserted structures are regarded as a safe shelter for smugglers and infiltrators,” he said.
The 15,000 inhabitants of this particular area were resettled following a 2009-2010 conflict that saw Houthis cross into the Kingdom from Yemen.
Border Guard officers are conducting daily inspection campaigns and security checks on all houses located on the border.
Bulldozers are racing to remove the buildings along the border, under the close and continuous follow-up of border patrols and security forces.
Aqeeli said the border villages became ghost towns after the residents were evacuated in 2010.
Following a failed attempt by Houthis to infiltrate the border in 2009, Saudi Arabia implemented a wider security buffer zone along its border with Yemen.
The process involved removing whole villages and compensating residents with residential units under the King Abdullah Housing Project in Jazan.


Japanese squadron commander gets warm welcome in Jeddah

Prince Mishaal bin Majed receives Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi and accompanied delegation. (SPA)
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Japanese squadron commander gets warm welcome in Jeddah

  • Izumi said the Gulf region is important to Japan and it is the third time the squadron has visited Jeddah
  • The sea lanes between the Middle East and Japan were vital to the Japanese economy

JEDDAH: Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed on Monday received the commander of Japanese squadron, Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they reviewed issues of mutual interest.
Two Japanese naval ships, including the destroyer Makinami, have docked at the Red Sea port of Jeddah on a training mission to strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia.
The commander of the Japanese squadron, Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, said the visit would provide training for crew members and help strengthen relations with the Kingdom.
Izumi said the Gulf region is important to Japan and it is the third time the squadron has visited Jeddah. The last visit was six years ago.
“We would like to share with the Saudi Arabian navy the idea of free and open seas, and contribute together to stabilization of maritime borders,” he said.
The commander said that the sea lanes between the Middle East and Japan were vital to the Japanese economy, with 90 percent of oil bound for Japan passing through the area.