Saudi Arabia announces martyrdom of two security men, injury of another by fire from Yemen infiltrator involved in terrorist activities

Saudi Arabia donates 3 million barrels of oil to Yemen

Obama, Merkel to pressurize Gaddafi as Moscow ready to send troops

Security Council considering Syria resolution

Jordan king issues general pardon

Obama pledges U.S. support for Bahrain during meeting with crown prince

The Security Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior stated that the patrols of borders guards at the Force of Al-Wadia'h Centers in Najran Province monitored after midnight of June 7, 2011, a person trying to infiltrate from the Kingdom into Yemeni borders through metal and soil barriers by driving four-wheel Jeep, the infiltrator fired heavily from a machine gun at security men when they approached him, which led to the martyrdom of Colonel Abdul Jalil Sharie Al-Otaibi and Sergeant Barrak bin Ali Al-Harthi, and caused injury to Sergeant Abboud bin Faleh Al-Aklabi.

The Spokesman pointed out that security men tracked the person down while he continued his infiltration attempt and fired heavily at the security men using a large quantity of ammunition which he had carried with him, and they exchanged fire with him that led to his death.

An announcement will be made later on the results of the investigation which has already been started by competent authorities.

Meanwhile, Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has donated 3 million barrels of crude oil to impoverished southern neighbor Yemen, the state news agency Saba said.

“King Abdullah has instructed to provide 3 million barrels of crude oil in donations to Yemen,” the poorest Arab country’s oil minister, Amir al-Aidarous, was quoted as saying.

A blast on the small, non-OPEC producer’s main pipeline in March, for which angry tribesmen were suspected, has stopped the flow of crude, leaving its biggest Aden refinery dry and leading to fuel shortages across the country.

With no crude flow, Yemen increased its imports of oil products, but Aidarous was reported as saying that cash problems had stopped shipments.

“The spot purchase of oil derivatives stopped as companies refused to sell, because the Finance Ministry and the central bank could not pay the amount required,” he said.

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rockets struck his Sanaa place, in what officials said was an assassination attempt.

Over 200 people have been killed and thousands have fled in the past two weeks as fighting has intensified. Angry protesters have been demanding Saleh’s departure for five months.

Aidarous said he expected the first crude shipment to land in the port of Aden, home to Yemen’s 130,000 barrel per day refinery, carried by a Yemeni vessel that will load from Yanbu, on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.

The crude will be refined at Yemeni refineries, he added.

Sources said in May that Yemen was in talks with Saudi Arabia to buy up to 2 million barrels of crude oil.

An industry source, who declined to be identified, told Reuters the crude would be Arab Light and could be delivered between this month and July.

Non-OPEC producer Yemen had a total crude oil output of around 260,000 bpd in 2010. Around 110,000 bpd of that is light crude, which is in short supply globally after Libyan output came to a virtual standstill due to a revolt there.

On the other hand, US President Barack Obama says after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that pressure on Muammar Gaddafi 'will only continue to increase' until the Libyan leader steps down.

Merkel said Germany was 'committed to the Libyan cause' and the success of the NATO mission, despite her country's abstention from the UN Security Council vote authorizing the air campaign against Gaddafi.

Weeks of air strikes on regime targets have thus far failed to loosen Gaddafi's grip on much of the country, but Obama nevertheless insisted there was an 'inexorable trend' towards the strongman's downfall.

'The chancellor and I have been clear. Gaddafi must step down and hand power to the Libyan people, and the pressure will only continue to increase until he does,' Obama, standing alongside Merkel, told White House reporters.

The close allies have been divided over international efforts to force Gaddafi from power, and Germany was the only EU or NATO member to withhold its support from the UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force.

But Merkel said through a translator that 'Gaddafi needs to step down, and he will step down,' adding that Germany was taking part in the mission as a NATO member and stepping up its contribution in the Afghanistan war.

'It is a joint will that this NATO mission is successful. It's important for the people in Libya, but it's also important for NATO, for the alliance at large, and here we have one heart that beats with the allies.'

Obama said Germany had taken on additional responsibilities in the Afghanistan that have 'freed up resources' for the war in Libya.

Gaddafi vowed in an audio message aired by state television that he would never surrender despite a new day of some of the most intensive NATO-led air raids against targets around his Tripoli compound.

Merkel is in Washington at a moment of high sensitivity for her government, as Germany fights a deadly E. coli outbreak that has prompted US officials to inspect all imports of cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes from Germany and Spain.

Russia is ready to use practical measures to help resolve the political conflict in Libya, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

Moscow "has repeatedly underlined its readiness to use practical measures for cooperation in the political process; for which contacts were sent not long ago by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and special representatives of the president on the issue of cooperation in North Africa," Lukashevich said.

The statement comes as NATO stepped up its air strikes against government targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. At least 14 rebels were killed as they tried to fight back troops loyal to embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi in Misrata.

The president's special envoy Mikhail Margelov arrived in Libya where he held talks with leaders of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council. Russia agreed to be an intermediary between the two sides in Libya, although there were no concrete results of the mediation attempt.

"One such trip is not likely to resolve such a major and complex problem like the Libyan conflict," a Foreign Ministry official said.

"Russia has always proceeded from the position that the conflict should be resolved by political-diplomatic means without the use of external influence and of course the use of force," he said.

"We have continually called on, and still call on, all sides in the conflict to comply with [UN] resolutions 1970 and 1973," he added.

UN Security Council Resolution 1970, passed in February, imposes sanctions on Gaddafi and his family, while Resolution 1973 authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and the use of "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.

Meanwhile, a European resolution demanding Syria end its violent crackdown against pro-democracy protesters could be put to a vote in the coming days at the United Nations despite the threat of a Russian veto, the British UN envoy said.

The UN Security Council debated a draft resolution condemning Syria's actions.

The draft was submitted by France and Britain during a council meeting at which the 15-nation body was briefed by a senior UN official on the unrest in Syria.

"We would like a vote as soon as possible, before the end of the week," Mark Lyall Grant, the British representative to the UN, said.

Russia and China, which both hold vetoes, have made clear they dislike the idea of council involvement, which they say could help to destabilize a strategic Middle Eastern country.

Moscow has long been an ally and arms supplier of Syria. However, the proposal falls short of calling for military action or further UN sanctions against the Syrian government.

In a challenge to potential opponents, David Cameron, the British prime minister, told the UK parliament that "if anyone votes against that resolution or tries to veto it, that should be on their conscience".

However, Russia, citing NATO's inconclusive bombing of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, said it would veto intervention against Syria in the Security Council.

Amid the political developments, more video of the bloody crackdown on protesters in Syria surfaced. Aljazeera received exclusive pictures from sources inside Syria, which appear to illustrate the suffering and torture at the hands of Syrian security forces.

The amateur footage was sent from the village of Jeeza, and shows the funeral of 15-year-old Thamer Mohamad Sahri, who was arrested on April 29 during an anti-government protests, following a crackdown in the town of Deraa.

The boy's body appears to be riddled with bullets. He is missing an eye, several teeth, and according to Aljazeera's source has a broken neck and leg.

Thamer was arrested along with his friend, 13-year-old Hamza al-Khateeb - the teenager whose brutal death caused much of the world to pay closer attention to the events in Syria.

Al-Khateeb's body was also mutilated.

Those pictures emerged as the unrest continued in Syria, with residents of the northern town of Jisr al-Shughur fleeing amid fears of a military crackdown, three days after the government vowed retaliation for the alleged killings of 120 security personnel.

Locals said many residents were fleeing the area for the Turkish border about 20km away, before the expected assault.

About 160 Syrians crossed into Turkey in two separate waves, an AFP news agency reporter at the scene said.

"People were struck by fear and panic after the government statements ... it's clear they are preparing for a major massacre,'' a resident told the AP news agency.

Mohammed Ibrahim al-Shaar, the interior minister, said that "the state will act firmly, with force".

The large number of Syrians fleeing the country amid the crackdown on protesters is deeply worrying, the head of the United Nations refugee body said.

"There is a meaningful number of Syrians who have crossed the border into Turkey ... and of course this is an area of enormous concern to us," Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Stockholm.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, has said his country will not close its doors to refugees fleeing the unrest in Syria.

Erdogan said: "At this point it is out of the question for Turkey to close its doors to refugees coming from Syria. The recent developments are really unfortunate. "We are monitoring developments with concern as we have very different information and it raises our concerns."

Erdogan called on Damascus to show more tolerance towards its citizens after the latest clashes in the northwest.

"We hope Syria will be more tolerant towards civilians and implement persuasive reforms so the transitional process can be effective," he said.

A foreign ministry official said around 420 people have crossed the border from Syria since the bloody protests started in March.

Turkey has built strong ties with Syria in recent years and has been exerting growing pressure on al-Assad, with Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, calling on him to introduce "shock therapy" reforms to end the trouble.

Security forces have been conducting military operations in Jisr al-Shughur for several days as part of a crackdown on anti-government protests. Activists say 42 people have been killed.

State television reported that 120 members of the security forces were killed in an ambush by "armed gangs" who had "mutilated bodies and thrown others into the Assi river" and burnt public buildings.

Activists said the security forces were shot by government troops, after they refused to open fire on civilians.

Foreign journalists are barred from traveling around Syria, making it difficult to report on the unrest and verify government and eyewitness accounts of the violence.

Activists say about 1,100 people have been killed in Syria since anti-government protests began in March.

In Amman, a Jordanian royal palace statement says King Abdullah II has pardoned hundreds of prisoners in a gesture to mark the 65th anniversary of the country's independence from Britain.

The statement said convicted terrorists are not among those to be freed. The amnesty also excludes those convicted of murder, rape, drugs and financial crimes.

The move has long been expected in the context of unrest in the kingdom. Protesters have been demanding more openness, economic reforms and new elections for parliament.

The royal palace statement says Abdullah ordered his Cabinet to oversee the prisoners' release. Exact numbers were not given.

The parliament must endorse the amnesty.

Abdullah warned that "leniency should not be interpreted as a weakness."

On Bahrain, the crown prince, whose country has been wracked by anti-government protests, thanked U.S. President Barack Obama for his backing of a "national dialogue" to help resolve the country's political crisis.

"President Obama's support and understanding regarding Bahrain's forthcoming national dialogue were most welcome, as were his comments on the circumstances required to ensure its success," Crown Prince Salman said in a prepared statement.

Protests swept the strategically important island kingdom this year as populations across the Arab world rose up against their rulers. Bahrain, a small, predominantly Shiite country governed by a Sunni royal family, is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, and the United States has been concerned about the instability there.

Obama had a "productive discussion" with the crown prince, the White House said. He "reaffirmed the strong commitment of the United States to Bahrain" and said both the government and the opposition must compromise.

The president welcomed Bahraini King Hamad's decision to end the "state of national safety" early and the announcement that the national dialogue on reform would begin in July.

Obama said the "stability of Bahrain depends upon respect for the universal rights of the people of Bahrain, including the right to free speech and peaceful assembly, and a process of meaningful reform that is responsive to the aspirations of all."

The crown prince said he shared the president's "outlook concerning respect for universal rights and the continuance of Bahrain's process of meaningful reform, which is a fundamental priority for the kingdom." He said Bahrain's commitment to reform "remains steadfast."

"His Majesty has already made clear that a national dialogue will start next month, that it will be serious and without pre-conditions. Most significantly, Bahrain's leading political groups have both welcomed and are committed to joining this process; providing a critical indication, from all sides of the political spectrum, that Bahrain's continued democratic development should be underpinned by stability and driven by consensus."

The crown prince also met with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.