• Short Summary

    Conflicting reports are being received about the fighting taking place along the mountainous border between the Yemen Arab Republic in the north and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in the south.

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    Conflicting reports are being received about the fighting taking place along the mountainous border between the Yemen Arab Republic in the north and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in the south.

    The Yemen Arab Republic has claimed that southern troops have captured the strategic border town of Qataba, killing fifty civilians, after aircraft of the South Yemeni Air Force, piloted by Soviet pilots, had attacked the town.

    South Yemen, on the other hand, denies the charges, calling them a ruse to "distort facts and cover up the aggression by regular North Yemeni Troops and 'mercenaries'" which resulted in the loss of four villages.

    The border between the two countries has been an area of conflict since the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen gained its independence from Britain in November 1967. At that time supporters of the monarchy were forced to seek refuge from the Marxist National Liberation Front in the mountainous highlands bordering North Yemen and in sympathetic neighbouring countries. Royalists has been battling to return to power since 1962 when the Republicans, allegedly supported by Egypt, took control.

    Both North and South receive arms and advisers from the Soviet Union, although Soviet influence in the North has been waning in the past few years. In 1968, both countries even joined forces to defeat Royalist tribesmen in North Yemen. But since that time, tensions have increased as the South has continued incursions into the North in pursuit of rebels using the area for refuge.

    Saudi Arabia, which borders both Yemens, has been sympathetic to the Royalist cause. And South Yemen has accused Saudi Arabia of giving supplies and sanctuary to them. Earlier this year South Yemen displayed a number of arms and trucks captured from the rebels. Most of the weapons bore the United States Aid insignia.

    While South Yemen has requested a cease-fire in the latest hostilities, a solution may prove difficult. Both nations are members of the Arab League and the league is preparing to send a team to both countries on Wednesday (4 October). Obstacles to ending the dispute are ideological differences, mutual distrust and the concentration in the North of elements opposed to the ruling National Liberation Front in the South.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD4NX26FZ8HUYDPEALJHNLIHDZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAD4NX26FZ8HUYDPEALJHNLIHDZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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