bloody war which ended in 1932, the new kingdom of
Saudi Arabia concluded a peace treaty with it's
southern neighbor, Yemen. This agreement, called the
Taif Treaty, delineated their common border, though
disputes have flared up over the years. Apparently,
the official reasons for this current round of border
fighting relates to disputes over who owns certain
islands in the Red Sea.
However, it is also
known that the monarchist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is
rather uncomfortable with Yemen's experiment with
democracy (Yemen is the only nation on the Arabian
Peninsula with a democratic style government).
Allegations have been made that Saudi Arabia is
attempting to sabotage this democratic regime through
military intimidation as well as aiding internal
strife within Yemen. (See Yemen
Tribal Uprising (1998)
alleges that on May 1, 1998, Yemeni troops occupied a
disputed island in the Red Sea and fired upon Saudi
border guards. Since then, both sides claim that
several dozen border incursions have been made,
including attacks on villages and pitched battles on
Duwaima Island which involved the Saudi Navy and Army
and the Yemeni Army. As of July 19, 1998, Yemen claims
it's forces have taken control over this
Not known at
casualties from both sides reported as of
The International Dimension--
A very detailed and informative article by Brian
Whitaker. The article describes the background and
consequences of a very long period of tension between
Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
with up-to-date information on Yemen.
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