It was reported last Tuesday from Aden (22nd Feb) that the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen repulsed 2000 mercenaries who were attacking the strategic town of Baihan on the northern border.
AIR V..South Yemen
LV Crowd in streets and camel train
MV Villagers carrying rifles
LV ZOOM IN TO MV.. captured 'Ford' trucks lined up
MCU Soldier on truck displays mortar and belts of ammunition
SV Banners in front of trucks
LV & SV Mortars displayed (3 shots)
GV Journalists at outdoor news conference
MV'S Minister of Information (Al Khameri) speaking through interpreter (3 shots)
LV Interpreter translating
SOUND STARTS: "The arms and........"
SOUND ENDS: ".....International police"
MV Group of village troops singing
GV PAN..Singing troops assembled with villagers
"The arms and ammunition which have been seized by our forces from the mercenaries. These arms have been supplied to the mercenaries by the reactionary Saudi-Arabian regime which is the stooge and subordinate to the international police."
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Background: It was reported last Tuesday from Aden (22nd Feb) that the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen repulsed 2000 mercenaries who were attacking the strategic town of Baihan on the northern border. It was claimed that sixty-five mercenaries were killed for the loss of eleven Yemeni soldiers killed and four wounded. Trucks, mortars, and even bloody daggers were captured, and most of the weapons bore the United States Aid insignia.
The nine-hour attack took place on the Saudi-Arabian border, and last Sunday (27th Feb) the Yemeni Minister of Information -- Abdullah Al Khameri -- claimed at a press conference filmed by an National Broadcasting Company crew that Saudi Arabia was actively involved.
The government also claims that it has sent two letters protesting US involvement but has received no reply.
The mercenaries - nomadic tribesmen - were reportedly led by local sheikhs, deposed when the ruling leftist National Liberation Front took over power on the occasion of Southern Yemen's declaration of independence in November 1967.
SYNOPSIS: The mercenaries were better supplied. Captured Ford trucks were shown to journalists, together with mortars and belts of ammunition. It's been reported that the nomadic tribesmen supplied with these weapons were led by dissident local Sheikhs.
The ammunition was stamped with the United States Aid insignia. The Yemeni Government claims that Saudi Arabia is to be blamed for the fighting, and that the US is giving them support.
Journalists were given captured daggers at a news conference at which the Minister of Information - Abdullah Al Khameri - voiced his government's suspicions.
These loyal government troops have fought off other raids from across the border, but their latest victory has been the most significant, and they are understandably jubilant.