Egypt condemns deadly Houthi attack against Bahraini forces on Saudi border

Amr Kandil , Tuesday 26 Sep 2023

Egypt condemned a deadly attack by the Houthis early on Monday against Bahraini forces stationed on the Saudi southern border with Yemen as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry Headquarters in Cairo. Reuters


The Arab Coalition has blamed the Houthi movement for killing two Bahraini servicemen, including an officer, and injuring several others in a drone attack.

In a statement, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced “the heinous terrorist attack by the Houthi group against the duty force that belongs to the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF).”

Egypt extended condolences to the Bahraini leadership and people and to the families of the victims in the attack, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Egypt also affirmed its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Bahrain in the face of this treacherous attack.

The Egyptian statement called for continued regional and international efforts to combat all forms of terrorism and put an end to practices destabilizing sisterly Arab nations.

BDF said Houthis carried out the drone attack against the duty force despite the cessation of military operations between the warring parties in Yemen, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

The incident came only a few days after Saudi Arabia hailed the positive outcome of the first direct talks that extended for five days between Saudi and Houthi officials in Riyadh in a bid to reach peace and end the long war in Yemen.

Relative calm had prevailed in Yemen for more than a year despite the expiry of the UN-brokered ceasefire between the government in Yemen and the Iran-backed Houthis last October.

The restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran earlier this year in a China-brokered deal has further raised hopes for an end to the Yemeni conflict.

The conflict in Yemen, fought since 2015 between the Arab Coalition and the Houthis, has killed hundreds of thousands and left the majority of the population dependent on humanitarian assistance.


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