Tensions between government forces and tribal gunmen in al-Jawf after the abduction of two Saudi and six Yemeni soldiers

Tensions between government forces and tribal gunmen in al-Jawf after the abduction of two Saudi and six Yemeni soldiers


Al-Jawf province, northeast Yemen, is experiencing tension between troops of the sixth military region and tribal militants who kidnapped Yemeni and Saudi soldiers on Wednesday.

Two Saudi soldiers and six Yemeni soldiers, who were coming from Al Yutama  region to the capital city of al-Hazm, were abducted by gunmen from the Beni Nouf tribes.

According to the source, the kidnapping took place during the passage of a "vehicle" carrying Yemeni and Saudi soldiers, near the Jabal  "Laouth " east of the province, where the gunmen stopped them and took the one aboard to an unknown destination.

Local sources told the "Al-Masdar online " that the kidnappers are led by a person named "Mubarak Saqian."

While a security source said that the kidnappers were demanding the release of a bandits, close to him, including his two sons, accused of participating in a car robbery gang, and detained by the security forces in Marib province, tribal sources said that the Bani Nouf tribes had directives to release prisoners of their own citizens--nationals of Qatar-- They have been detained by the Arab Coalition Forces for more than a year and have been arrested at “Shehen" outlet in al-Mahra Governorate, east of Yemen, while travelling from al-Jawf to the Sultanate of Oman, to the State of Qatar.

According to the source, the coalition forces refused to implement the directives and release them.

A military source said that a military campaign following the sixth military zone was preparing to go out to the Bani Nouf tribes to release the kidnapped.


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