Rocket landings at Saudi-Iraq border under probe
Three Hawn rockets fell on Monday in a desert area near the northern border area of Jadida Arar, but caused no injuries or damages, a spokesman of the Border Guards has revealed.
An investigation has been launched to identify the source of the rockets, Maj. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, the spokesman, told Arab News.
He said security forces are prepared to protect all the country’s borders. This includes tackling smugglers on the southern border and dealing with any fallout arising from the Iraq crisis.
He said smugglers had tried to bring record amounts of hashish into the country from Yemen since the start of Ramadan, but were foiled.
Abdullah bin Mahfouz, spokesman of the Border Guards in Jazan, told Arab News the situation is under control on the southern border but officers are on alert for any eventuality, including drugs and weapons smugglers, infiltrators, and terrorists.
Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh and Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad Madani have condemned Saturday’s terrorist attack at Sharura border that killed four cops.
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif has issued directives to disburse financial aid to the families of the slain policemen. Each family will receive SR1 million, in addition to SR100,000. The minister also ordered rank promotions for the officers. Each of them will receive a king’s medal and an honorary degree.
Meanwhile, a criminal court sentenced four citizens to jail terms for trying to go to Iraq to join fighting there and for supporting Al-Qaeda’s operations abroad, an official report said. The four, one of whom was sentenced in absentia, were given prison sentences of two years to five years and six months, the SPA said. They were also banned from travel for specific periods.