Why Saudi Arabia Evacuating its Southern Border?

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Saudi Arab
Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A recently circulated video from the Saudi-Yemeni borders has revealed fresh dimensions of the critical conditions of the Saudi border-inhabited tribes. Earlier some Yemeni news agencies and social media activists had said that the Saudi government forced the tribes to leave their homes in the border areas. The new video is a confirmation of the reports about forced evacuation of the Saudi tribes from their homes on borders with Yemen.

The reports suggest that the forced evacuation of homes comes as the Saudi officials grow fears of cooperation of the border tribes with the Yemeni forces in the area. Saudi Arabia has been carrying out a bombing campaign for over 16 months in Yemen and has been trying to restore the resigned Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power. Riyadh is worried that collaboration of the Saudi tribes near the border with the Yemeni forces could foil effect of its air raids at Yemen.

The political sources said that the massive evacuation of the border areas by Al Saud regime comes as a result of fears that the residents of villages and towns in Saudi border areas could join the popular Yemeni forces, especially that a majority of the residents of these areas are said to be fed up with the suppressive acts of the Saudi government. Due to sectarian and ethnic drives Al Saud regime considers them second-class citizens because they are originally from Hejaz region in the Arabian Peninsula. On the opposite side are the people of Najd in Central Saudi Arabia who are enjoying special job and education privileges.

The evacuation operation comes after a direct order by Mohammad bin Salman, the defense minister and son of Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz. The order for urgent and compulsory evacuation was given after the Yemeni popular committees and army forces moved closer to the Saudi borders.

At the present time the evacuation process is focused on Bani Malik region in southwestern Saudi Arabia. The area is located in northeast of Jazan province. Earlier the Saudi authorities launched a campaign to evacuate inhabitants of Al Rabouaa, Faifa, Khoulan, and some other areas in Jazan and Asir. Many of the tribes that are forced to leave their houses are from Al Zaydan and Al Malik. They are said to have been historically at odds with Al Saud regime.

One of the videos made in the border areas shows how the Saudi armed forces are forcing tribes to leave their homes while they are reluctant to evacuate. The video is made in a checkpoint in Jazan near the Saudi-Yemeni borders. The area is announced dangerous by the Saudi officials and needed evacuation but the residents argue that their living place is safe and so refrain from leaving it.

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