Saudi soldier martyred in Houthi shootout on Yemen border

Members of the Saudi border guard are seen stationed at a look-out point on the Yemeni border in this April 9, 2015 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 02 February 2017
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Saudi soldier martyred in Houthi shootout on Yemen border

A Saudi soldier was martyred in a shootout with Houthi militias at the border with Yemen early on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said.

The soldier was named as border guard Corp. Mohammed Musa Hassan Maher.

A security spokesman for the ministry said that a border outpost in Jazan region came under heavy fire from across the border at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

The shooting was from “Houthi elements from inside Yemeni territory,” according to a statement issued via the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Saudi army “dealt with the situation as required to retaliate to the source of fire and keep the situation under control with a support from ground forces,” the statement said.

The incident follows a separate attack by Houthi “suicide” boats against a Saudi frigate patrolling the coast, details of which were revealed by the coalition on Monday.


FIFA orders Iran to allow women free access to football stadiums

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FIFA orders Iran to allow women free access to football stadiums

  • FIFA traveled to Iran ahead of the weekend for talks on the matter of women and football
  • The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums since 1981

PARIS: In the wake of the ‘Blue girl’ incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a football stadium a FIFA delegation has demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums.
FIFA traveled to Iran ahead of the weekend for talks on the matter of women and football and released a statement Sunday.
“FIFA has reiterated its firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely and that the number of women who attend the stadiums be determined by the demand, resulting in ticket sales,” it said.
The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums since 1981, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.
Sahar Khodayari, dubbed “blue girl” because of the colors of the team she supported, Esteghlal FC, was reportedly detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a man to watch them.
She died of her injuries in a Tehran hospital after setting herself on fire outside a court in early September.
The death of Khodayari sparked an outcry online, with many calling on world football’s governing body FIFA to ban Iran from international competitions and for fans to boycott matches.