Six Qatari Soldiers Wounded on Yemeni Border amid Strained Saudi-Qatari Relations

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Qatar’s Ministry of Defense announced six of its soldiers had been wounded on Saudi-Yemen border, media reports said.

The commander of Morale Guidance at the MoD was quoted by the Qatari state news agency as saying the soldiers were injured “while conducting their duties within the Qatari contingent defending the southern borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, Al Masdar reported.

The statement does not specify if they were fighting with the Saudi-led Arab coalition which, as Saudi Arabia constantly reiterates, supports the exiled Yemeni President Hadi.

This comes as a development of the dispute occurred between Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, on the one hand, and Qatar on the other.

The conflict started after Qatari state news agency (QNA) had published controversial statements ascribed to Emir of Qatar, in which he criticized policy of Persian Gulf Countries towards Iran calling for improvement of relations with the country.

The agency later denied responsibility for publishing these materials saying the web-site was hacked. However, both Saudi and Emirati media still publish news proving the agency’s web-site was not hacked.

This dispute escalates as Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces held talks with King Of Saudi Arabia yesterday.

Abdel Bari Atwan ,editor-in-chief of the London-based electronic Arabic daily outlet, Rai-al-Youm, believes the main agenda of the visit was dispute with Qatar, and not Yemen, as media reported.

Presently, there are 1,000 Qatari soldiers deployed at Yemeni – Saudi border.

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