A decrease in activity along the Saudi-Yemeni border was reported last week in Saudi Arabia, although an underlying risk of indirect fire and militant incursions remained. A Houthi IED allegedly destroyed a Saudi military vehicle in Jizan province on 1 March, while on 7 March, Houthi forces allegedly captured a military base in the Al-Dababa region of Najran province.
Saudi Border Guards continued to foil a number of attempts to smuggle drugs into the Kingdom. Large quantities of hashish and heroin were confiscated in the southern border regions of Najran, Asir and Jizan, according to a spokesperson. In a separate instance in the northern border of Halat Ammar, guards seized nearly 5 million pills of the amphetamine Captagon and 400kg of hashish. A total of 22 smugglers were arrested. Read more in our Saudi Arabia bi-weekly report.