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Sarfait is located in Oman
Location on the Oman–Yemen border
Coordinates: 16°41′2″N 53°6′46″E / 16.68389°N 53.11278°E / 16.68389; 53.11278Coordinates: 16°41′2″N 53°6′46″E / 16.68389°N 53.11278°E / 16.68389; 53.11278
Country  Oman
Governorate Dhofar

Sarfait (Sarfayt) is a settlement in the Dhofar Governorate of Oman on the coast of the Arabian Sea, near the border with Yemen. There is an international border checkpoint at Sarfait; on the Yemeni side of the border is the settlement of Hawf.


There was much conflict in the area between the Omani government and communist-inspired armed guerrillas during the Dhofar Rebellion in the 1960s and 1970s. On 9 June 1975, an aggressive mortar and missile attack was launched on Sarfait.[1] In September 1975, the government forces responded and took formal military action against the PFLO.[2][3] Led by John Akehurst, a diversionary attack was launched by the Dhofar Brigade of the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces from the government's mountaintop garrison in Sarfait.[4]


  1. ^ Plekhanov, Sergey (2004). A Reformer on the Throne: Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said. Trident Press Ltd. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-900724-70-8. 
  2. ^ MacKenzie, Alastair (15 December 2011). Special Force: The Untold Story of 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). I.B.Tauris. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-84885-071-2. 
  3. ^ Owtram, Francis (18 September 2004). A Modern History of Oman: Formation of the State Since 1920. I.B.Tauris. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-86064-617-1. 
  4. ^ Goldman, Lawrence (7 March 2013). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008. Oxford University Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-19-967154-0.