Houthi advance raises alert for Saudi border guards

November 11, 2014 7:04 AM

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JIZAN Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Gains by the Shi'ite Houthi rebel movement in Yemen are ringing alarm bells in Saudi Arabia, concerned for what it means for its vulnerable southern border, already the conduit for a constant flow of illicit activity.

The Houthis control much of the territory along the 1,700-km (1,060-mile) frontier, which traverses high mountains and vast expanses of dune desert, and five years ago fought a brief border war with the world's top oil exporter.

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