Gulf states helping secure Saudi border with Yemen

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Some 1,000 troops from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been deployed to Saudi Arabia.

F-16 fighter jet has crashed onear border region Jizan while its pilot survived. (Photo supplied to Al Arabiya News Channel
Site of F-16 fighter jet crash near Jizan. The pilot survived.  /Al Arabiya News Channel

The troops, mostly from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, were sent to Saudi’s southern border with Yemen for a border security operation against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The rebels have launched several missiles at the Saudi southern border and Bahrain on Dec. 30 reported the death of three of its soldiers at the border.

Also on Dec. 30, Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen reported that a Bahraini F-16 fighter jet crashed in southern Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border in Jizan.

“The Bahraini air force pilot participating in the coalition managed to escape after his plane crashed in Jizan region on Wednesday morning after a technical malfunction,” a statement by the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and released by the Saudi Press Agency said.