Last words of a dedicated Saudi sniper who died fighting Houthis

Al Arabiya News

Naif Farhan al-Harbi was a skilled sniper who volunteered to be deployed on the southern front lines where he was later killed.

He had recently cancelled his holiday break at the last minute to return to the battle zone when he was killed by a missile. He had only recently handed his will to a friend, asking him “to publish the news of his martyrdom as a mark of respect to his two daughters”.

Al-Harbi joined the military police forces in 2009 after developing his skills as sniper. He then volunteered to join the Saudi armed forces’ Fourth Brigade.

In October, he was seriously injured during a rescue mission. But following a brief recovery period he decided to return to the frontlines. He requested an extension for his deployment, asking to be posted in the same military site, which is considered to be one of the most perilous positions on the Saudi-Yemen border.

Al-Harbi’s brother Ghazi spoke about the circumstances preceding his brother’s death and said as soon as his brother reached Abha airport on his way to Riyadh, he learned of a military mission to take place the next day. He decided to cancel his vacation and return back to the front lines.

Al-Harbi extended his apologies to his family eagerly awaiting his arrival. When back at the front lines, his car was blown up by a missile, killing him and another soldier, two others were injured.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48