by David Gimenez
operations in the People`s Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) began in the late 1970s. After the attack in early 1979 by South Yemen on the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) in a dispute over their mutual border, Cuban
military personnel reportedly provided some artillery backup in addition to logistics and communications support. Cuban
personnel were not believed to have crossed into North Yemen after the invading South Yemeni troops, however, by the end of the border war
in mid-March 1979, Cuban
pilots in MIG jets were reported to have been flying daily patrols over the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
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