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Shiite rebels fighting the Yemeni national army and Saudi forces on Yemen’s northwest border said today they had taken control of a Saudi military post.

The rebels, known as Al Houthi after the family of its leaders, said in an e-mailed statement they also seized all the military equipment at the al-Jabir border post late yesterday.

The statement said the seizure came after the Houthis “opened a new front” in the fighting with Saudi forces along the border where the rebels control mountainous areas of the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada.

In a related development sources in the region are claiming that Saudi Arabia has captured 1805 illegal Yemeni infiltrators this month.

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