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Saudi-backed fighters stage mutiny at Yemen border fronts over unpaid wages

Fighters stand atop an ancient tower in the Jizan province, near the Saudi-Yemeni border, on 14 April 2015 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images]
Fighters stand atop an ancient tower near the Saudi-Yemeni border, on 14 April 2015 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images]

The battle fronts along the Saudi-Yemeni border have witnessed a mutiny among Saudi-backed mercenaries fighting on behalf of exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The incidents have taken place in the Jizan, Najran and Asir regions, which were historically Yemeni territories.

The discontent is reportedly over Riyadh’s refusal to pay their salaries which have been unpaid for six months.

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The Yemen Press Agency reported that a video circulated showing Saudi forces shooting at a group of “Duty brigade and the 7th Brigade recruits” as they tried to advance towards the Al-Hamra area of Jizan, demanding their deportation to Yemen.

In a bid to clamp down on the internal strife, Saudi forces carried out a large-scale arrest campaign among the pro-Hadi fighters.

Saudi-backed fighters protest the Yemen border fronts over unpaid wages on 22 April 2020 [Al Jazeera/Twitter]

Saudi-backed fighters protest at the Yemen border fronts over unpaid wages on 22 April 2020 [Al Jazeera/Twitter]

Most of the coalition-supported fighters defending Saudi’s borders are poor Yemenis recruited with the promise of an income, however it has been reported previously how many have been exploited with funds ceasing once they are injured in combat. The Saudis have also made use of extensive human-trafficking networks to recruit fighters, including Yemeni child soldiers.

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