Border Guard member killed in action in Al-Khoba

February 4, 2011

Funeral prayers was performed Wednesday at Jazan’s Grand Mosque for Sergeant Mohammed bin Ali Al-Majrashi, a member of the Border Guard who was killed in action the previous day during a battle with infiltrators at the Abulradeef post in Al-Khoba Province. The service was attended by Commander of the Border Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Al-Ayde; Director General of the Border Guard Maj. Gen. Zamim Al-Sawat; a number of commanders, officers and soldiers; relatives and friends of the deceased; and other worshippers.

During a visit to Al-Majrashi’s home, Maj. Gen. Al-Sawat conveyed the order of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, under the instructions of Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, to pay his family SR 100,000 [$26,664] in cash as an immediate bursary and SR 1 million [$266,660] to settle the deceased’s debts and to purchase a house for his family, posthumously promote Al-Majrashi to the rank of Sergeant First Class, count his end-of-service premiums as per his new post, grant him the King Abdulaziz Medal and Badge of Honor and appoint one of his sons to the Border Guard in recognition of his deeds and sacrifice for his country. The family thanked the Kingdom’s leadership for their care of Saudi citizens, and wished the country stability and security.

The Border Guard continues to prevent infiltrators and smugglers from crossing over into the Kingdom from Yemen and elsewhere. During two recent operations, patrols in Jazan Province seized 80 slabs of hashish, five guns, and nine magazines and 420 rounds of ammunition. Meanwhile, Border Guard patrols in Northern Province arrested two people trying to enter the Kingdom illegally with more than 184,564 narcotic tablets.

Overall, Saudi Customs seized more than 30 million narcotic pills, 2,118 kilograms of hashish, 17 kilograms of pure heroin, and 137,000 bottles of wine at land, air and sea entry points of the Kingdom in 2010, according to Director General of the Department of Public Relations of Saudi Customs Abdullah Al-Kharboush.