1960-1969 | Backing terror operations | Yemen

7 SEPTEMBER

20 ARABS KILLED WHEN BRITISH TROOPS FORCE A BUS TO DRIVE OVER A MINE

[ 7 September 1938 ]

Early on the morning of 7 September 1938, a company of the Royal Ulster Rifles (RUR) along with several Rolls Royce armoured cars belonging to the 11th Hussars surrounded the Palestinian village of al-Bassa, a large settlement of about two thousand Christian and Muslim Arabs located near the Lebanese border.1

SECRET AGREEMENT TO COVERTLY SUPPORT REGIME CHANGE IN NORTH YEMEN

[ 7 September 1963 ]

Today in 1963, there was a secret meeting in Aden’s Crescent Hotel, between Colonel David Stirling, who had founded the SAS in 1942, Peter de la Billiere, a junior intelligence officer, Tony Boyle, a junior RAF officer, and Ahmed al-Shami, the foreign minister of the former Yemeni Royalist government.

FOOTNOTES

  1. The 1931 census lists the village as having a population of 1,948, of whom 1076 were Christian and 868 were Muslim, living in 479 houses. E. Mills, Census of Palestine 1931: Population of villages, towns and administrative areas, Jerusalem, 1932  p. 99.

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