Saudi Border Guards stops efforts to plant land mines, smuggle weapons in southern Kingdom

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Saudi authorities uncovered several land mines, weaponry pieces and thousands of live ammunition recently. (SPA photos)
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Updated 19 March 2017

Saudi Border Guards stops efforts to plant land mines, smuggle weapons in southern Kingdom

RIYADH: Border Guards recently thwarted several attempts to plant land mines, and smuggle weapons and more than half ton of hashish at the southern border, according to a Ministry of Interior security spokesman.
Law authorities also arrested several suspects after identifying attempts to illegally cross the border. Thirty smugglers were arrested, including 19 Ethiopians, seven Yemenis, three Saudis and one person of an unknown nationality, said the spokesman.
The ministry reported that 1,265 infiltrators — including 847 Yemenis, 309 Ethiopians and 16 Somalis, among others — were also arrested.
In an exchange of gunfire with smugglers, three were killed and two injured.
Military land mines, 23 weaponry pieces, and 32,160 rounds of live ammunition were seized. An estimated 607 kilograms of hashish were seized by authorities, he added.
Border Guards patrols in Al-Dayer Bani Malek Province in Jazan last Wednesday had arrested an infiltrator from the Yemeni border who planted land mines along the security patrol lanes in Damad Valley, adjacent to the border in Mt. Al-Dayer. A citizen and his wife had fallen victims to the mines in a border village.
Surveillance cameras of border patrols had succeeded in monitoring the infiltrator, who tried to enter Saudi territory. While monitoring him, it became evident that he was planting land mines by moving them with a remote control device from a distance. He was arrested and handed over to authorities.
The Interior Ministry said there is a security threat to the Saudi-Yemeni border. Threats include terrorist attempts to attack border posts, attempts to plant land mines and smuggle explosives, weapons and drugs, and attempts to threaten the lives of security and military men.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 54 min 13 sec ago

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”