Saudi troops of National Guard with armoured vehicles are deployed near the border with Yemen 2704152

Defence & Security News - Saudi Arabia
 
Saudi troops of National Guard with armoured vehicles are deployed near the border with Yemen.
Saudi troops of the National Guard arrived Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the province of Najran to secure the Kingdom’s border with Yemen. These forces are one of the main elements of national force participating in the protection of the strategic interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
     
Saudi troops of the National Guard arrived Sunday, April 26, 2015 in the province of Najran to secure the Kingdom’s border with Yemen. These forces are one of the main elements of national force participating in the protection of the strategic interests of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi army with armoured vehicle seen deployed along the Saudi border with Yemen
     
Last week, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman said that the Kingdom’s ground and naval forces would continue to guard its border with Yemen despite the end of its campaign of air strikes, known as Operation Decisive Storm. Last week, a Saudi border guard was killed and two troops wounded by heavy gun and mortar fire in Najran.

Saudi Arabia, spearheading a coalition of nine Arab states, began carrying out airstrikes in neighbouring Yemen on 25 March 2015, heralding the start of a military intervention in Yemen, codenamed Operation Decisive Storm. The intervention began in response to requests for assistance from the internationally recognized but domestically contested Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Warplanes from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain are also taking part in the operation. In addition, Egypt and Sudan have said they will commit ground troops in Saudi Arabia. Somalia has made its airspace, territorial waters, and military bases available for the coalition to use. The United States has provided intelligence and logistical support, including search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots, and accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states.

The Saudi Arabian National Guard is one of the three major branches of the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The national guard is under the administrative control of the Ministry of the National Guard, instead of the Ministry of Defence.

The Saudi Arabian National Guard has a standing force of 100,000 troops and a tribal militia of 25,000 troops and is equipped mainly wheeled armored fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers.
 

 

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