Middle East

Saudi border guards arrest 4,360 infiltrators

A Yemeni soldier controls a driver at a checkpoint on March 16, 2013 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa as security mesures have been reinforced two days ahead of the Yemen's national dialogue conference. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS

RIYADH: A Saudi official says in a single month, border guards have arrested more than 4,000 infiltrators on the Yemen border, most of them looking for work.

Captain Ali bin Abdullah al-Qahtani, the border guard spokesman, said Sunday that 49 of those arrested were drug smugglers carrying more than 800 kilograms (1,800 pounds) of hashish.

Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdul-Aziz, the governor of the southwestern province of Asir, which borders Yemen, said Saturday that most of the infiltrators in his region are from Ethiopia, Chad and Somalia.

In the past, Saudi Arabia has reported blocking several infiltration attempts by militants from Yemen's Al-Qaeda branch to carry out attacks inside the kingdom.





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