Cross-border shootings leave 3 people dead in Saudi Arabia

December 1, 2015
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A Saudi soldier stands guard in Jizan on the border with Yemen November 3, 2014. Gains by the Shi'ite Houthi rebel movement in Yemen are ringing alarm bells in Saudi Arabia, concerned for what it means for its vulnerable southern border, already the conduit for a constant flow of illicit activity. Picture taken November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) - RTR4DNYZ
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Cross-border shootings have always represented an issue for nations at war, sharing the same border. According to the latest reports, Saudi officials say that one Saudi soldier and two Yemenis have been killed in cross-border shooting, and shelling.

The Interior Ministry spokesman for Saudi Arabia has mentioned that a border guard died this Sunday, over in the southwestern region of Asir, where Yemen’s Shiite rebels reportedly went ahead and opened fire towards the Saudi border. The guards proceeded to fire back, thus killing 2 of the rebels.

It’s worth pointing out that cross-border shelling and fire has been common in the region, since the Saudi-led coalition that is backed by the United States has launched an airstrikes campaign, targeting the Houthis in March.

At this moment in time, the Emirati, Saudi and other allied ground troops are hard at work in order to retake Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, which is currently held by rebels.

Based on everything that has been outlined so far, the cross border shooting phenomenon is dangerous for both nations, as it can increase the level of conflict. What do you personally think about this event? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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