Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince, and Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, patronized Wednesday the conclusion of the first joint tactical exercise carried out by Internal Security Forces under the slogan (Homeland 85), Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States, and Commanders of the Border Guards of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and Egypt and a number of Military Attachés of brotherly countries in the Kingdom attended the ceremony.

Prince Muhammad sent out a stern warning to all those planning to destabilize the security and stability of the Kingdom that “there are men who are ready to sacrifice their lives in defense of their religion, nation, leadership and citizens.”

The weeks-long exercise took place north of Arar city, on the Iraqi border where three Saudi Troopers died in a January attack blamed on “terrorists.”

Border Guards and other Interior Ministry units conducted daily training as part of the “first joint tactical” exercise. The exercises began late last month.

SPA said that one scenario involved repelling an attempt “to storm the border with vehicles.”

The northern border is guarded by a double-fence system and complementary radar and camera surveillance network stretching for hundreds of kilometers. The system has become the front line in efforts to protect the Kingdom from infiltrators.

According to SPA, the activities of the exercise included a field operation organization to repel an attempt to storm terrorist elements backed by cars to port border land of the Kingdom, with the participation of (1500) security man representing sectors: border guards, private security, emergency, security patrols, security facilities, aviation security, civil defense, passports, the center of command and control of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Supreme Commission for Industrial Security and the Customs Department, was evacuated to monitor the movements of these elements, during the assault on a border port simulates reality in its design and public facilities, and deter them successfully.

During this process, passengers and staff were evacuated from the port that was exposed to a terrorist attack after the arrest of terrorist elements, as well as the evacuation of vulnerable residential areas of the dangers that may result from the security forces to deal with terrorist elements, sheltering them, to save those affected, search for the missing and rescue the injured, including firefighting and re-situation to what it was before the attack.

The implementation of security hypotheses included, conducting joint security exercises designed to develop security personnel skills in the implementation of various functions, the use of tools and techniques and support mechanisms, including fitness training, archery, and follow-up procedures, monitoring and control, according to SPA.