Houthi Advance in Yemen Threatens Saudi Border

Ill-Defined Southern Border Could Again Be Source of Tension

Saudi Arabian border officials are expressing growing concern about what the recent gains by the Shi’ite Houthis in neighboring Yemen means for their mutual relations, and particularly for their border.

The Saudi-Yemeni border has been a problem for a long time, as the border was for generations poorly defined, and in the middle of the desert. The Saleh government nominally resolved this dispute with the 2000 Treaty of Jeddah.

But the Houthis were not favorable to the treaty, and they are the ones living in Yemen’s far north. During their multi-year war with the Saleh government, they also launched “cross-border” raids into Saudi territory.

With the Houthis taking more and more territory inside Yemen, and pushing themselves into more control over the government, the Saudi border is likely to become an issue yet again.

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