On Oman's National Day, November 18, the war in the Sultanate's most southerly province of Dhofar took a new turn.
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Background: On Oman's National Day, November 18, the war in the Sultanate's most southerly province of Dhofar took a new turn.
The Oman Government announced that for the first time aircraft had been used to bomb Dhofar.
A statement said an aircraft from South Yemen had attacked an Oman military post at Makinat Shaham and dropped four bombs before flying back to South Yemen. There were no casualties.
The reports of the attack came on the day when he State's young ruler Sultan Qaboos Bin Said was reviewing the armed forces of Oman who have been continuously in action since 1964. They have been fighting an enemy described as a 2000 strong communist backed rebel movement operating from a secure base in South Yemen. Sixty per cent of Oaman's revenues, most of which come from oil exports, go on defence.
Sultan Qaboos said he saluted the volunteers fighting side by side with his brave army on the mountains of Dhofar. And he appealed to members of the Front for the liberation of Oman and the Arabian Gulf" to come back to their country "and start a new life of development--for the darkness of yesterday shall be transformed into new lights".
SYNOPSIS: In the Arab Gulf state of Oman, the birthday of the Young Sultan Chubs bin Said was marked on Monday by a National Day Parade.
Sultan Qaboos came to power in the oil rich country in July 1970 after his father was overthrown in a palace coup.
The Sultan's armed forces have been continuously in action since 1964 in the Sultanate's most southerly province of Dhofar. They describe the enemy as a two thousand strong communist backed rebel force.
On the day of the parade, the Government said aircraft had been used for the first time against Dhofar. A statement said a 'plane from South Yemen had dropped four bombs on a military post -- but no-one was injured.
The Sultans battle hardened forces are ten thousand strong and sixty per cent of Oman's revenues go on defence. Sultan Qaboos said he saluted the mountains of Dhofar. The Sultan also appealed to members of rebel forces to come back to their country and start a new life.