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2003-09-23 Arabia
Saudi Farm Raid Sets Off Hostage Standoff
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Posted by Steve 2003-09-23 9:40:40 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [412 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 a farm with its own hospital? what exactly were they growing? RPGs?
Posted by Frank G  2003-9-23 10:11:50 AM||   2003-9-23 10:11:50 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 UPDATE: Several armed men, who stormed into King Fahd hospital in Jizan, located in southern Saudi Arabia Tuesday, clashed with Saudi security forces. According to media reports, during the incident several hostages, apparently hospital workers, had been taken. Following a few hours of clashes, the armed men eventually gave themselves in. According to official reports, one Saudi policeman was killed and three armed men were shot dead. Four policemen were slightly wounded.
According to press sources, the incident started after Saudi security forces raided a suspected hideout in Jazan looking for "wanted men". According to SPA, the suspects intended to carry out "terrorist" acts and possessed machine guns and hand grenades. The sources added that four armed men managed to escape police officials and stormed into the hospital compound taking the hostages, before they surrendered.

So, one Saudi security officer and three gunnies dead. These figures subject to change.
Posted by Steve  2003-9-23 10:55:21 AM||   2003-9-23 10:55:21 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 a farm with its own hospital?

Even before that -- they have farms in Saudi-controlled Arabia?
Posted by Steve White  2003-9-23 2:32:44 PM||   2003-9-23 2:32:44 PM|| Front Page Top

#4 yah got not just oil but hard to transport natural gas out the wazoo, you burn it to desalinate seawater, you dont care about money, you want farms, you got farms.

And IIUC parts of the southwest near Yemen get enough natural rainfall for agriculture.
Posted by liberalhawk 2003-9-23 2:50:23 PM||   2003-9-23 2:50:23 PM|| Front Page Top

#5 and whadaya know, it turns out Jizan is right on the yemen border.

Which is also a logical place for an Al qaeeda shoot out.
Posted by liberalhawk 2003-9-23 2:54:39 PM||   2003-9-23 2:54:39 PM|| Front Page Top

#6 Keystone cops
Posted by Anonymous 2003-9-23 8:46:52 PM||   2003-9-23 8:46:52 PM|| Front Page Top

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