SAUDI-EGYPTIAN CONFRONTATION IN YEMEN
clanger ofshowdown between EgyptSaudi Arabia will rise when the UN Yemen Observation Mission's ternon September. as indicated tliat he will not pay the Saudi share ol its costs any longer because Egypt failed to reduce Its force an promisedear ago.
Faysal probably hopes to wring some concession from Nastr at the Arabeptember.he ls bracinghowdown, and after themay resume ald^to the Yemeni royalists.
Faysal knows that Ifsending supplies toEgypt probably Without anyof US protectionattacks, hemraltment of ^nsWUH'
be increasingly concerned over Kaslr's activities ln the South Arabian Federation.
Tlie major Yemeni-Egyptian offensive In "northwestern Yemen continues to meet stiff
realatanoe from royalist trlbea, despite Egyptian claims of total victory. Republican forces are having particular difficulty in the Wushha and Ilajjn areas, where the royalists seem capable of holding out Indefinitely. The offensive apparently has managed to close off the Saudi bordor, however, thus placing thetrong position to counter any Saudi attempt to re-suote sending ln substantial amounts of supplies. Icnam Uadr was forced out of his mountain headquarters and, for aiew days, look refuge across the border.
In southern Yemen, the republican government istribalto the historic split between thc Zoldl and Shalal religious sects. On Z'J August, Yemeni troops of the Zaldl sectlo Taiz ay dispute and attempted to arrest the provincial governor. This angered local Shafal urban and tribal elements who congregated ln large numbers ln Talz In opposition to the troops and the Zaldi-dominated republican government. If disordersthe government may he forced to draw troops from the northern offensive to maintain its control.
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