The Saudi conquest of Hejaz
or the Second Saudi-Hashemite War
, also known as the Hejaz-Nejd War
, was a campaign engaged by Saudi Sultan Abdulaziz Ibn Saud
to take over the Hashemite Kingdom of Hejaz
in 1924–25, ending with conquest and incorporation of Hejaz into the Saudi domain.
The 1924 campaign came within the scope of the historic conflict between the Hashemites
of Hejaz and the Saudis of Riyadh (Nejd), which had already sparked the First Saudi-Hashemite War
The pretext for renewed hostilities between Nejd and Hejaz came when the pilgrims from Nejd were denied access to the holy places in Hejaz.
On August 29, 1924, Ibn-Saud began his military campaign against Hejaz by advancing towards Taif
, which surrendered without a major struggle.
Following the fall of Taif
, the Saudi forces and the allied Ikhwan tribesmen moved on Mecca
. Sharif Hussein’s request for British assistance was denied to him on the pretext of non-intervention in religious disputes. King Hussein bin Ali
had meanwhile fled from Mecca to Jeddah
, after the assistance request from his son, King Abdullah of Transjordan was denied as well.
The city of Mecca fell without struggle
on October 13, 1924.
The Islamic Conference, held in Riyadh on the 29th October 1924, brought a wide Islamic recognition of Ibn-Saud’s jurisdiction over Mecca
With the advancement of the Saudi forces and blockade imposed on Jeddah, the Hejazi army began to disintegrate.
The city of Medina surrendered on December 9, 1925,[a]
and Yanbu fell 12 days later. Jeddah was handed
to Sultan Abdulaziz of Nejd and Saudi forces on December 1925, with the Saudi forces entering its gates on January 8, 1926, after capitulation and safe passage was negotiated between King bin Ali, Sultan Abdulaziz, and the British Consul by the city's ruler Sheikh Abdullah Alireza.
Medina surrendered on December 9th according to Fattouh Al-Khatrash,
but according to the University of Indiana
, it fell on December 5th.
- ^ From Bullard to Mr ChamberLain. Mecca, 1924 September. (No.# secrets) - Archived Post
- ^ Al-Rehani: Nejd and its followers.
- ^ a b c d e f g h Dr. Fattouh Al-Khatrash. The Hijaz-Najd War (1924 – 1925)
- ^ "Chronology 1925". www.indiana.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
Al-Harbi, Dalal: King Abdulaziz and his Strategies to deal with events: Events of Jeddah
. 2003, King Abdulaziz National Library. ISBN 9960-624-88-9
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