Yemeni Resistance Targets Saudi, Emirati Depths in Latest Retaliatory Op ’Hurricane Yemen 2’

January 24, 2022

By Staff

{And whoever retaliates after having been wronged – those have not upon them any cause [for blame]} – Holy Quran | Ash-Shura | 41

The Yemeni Armed Forces scored yet another retaliatory operation that targeted the Saudi and Emirati depths in the early hours of Monday.

In a statement, Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced details about the retaliatory operations, saying the Rocketry Force and the Propelled Air Force carried out a wide-scale retaliatory operation in response to the American-Saudi-Emirati crimes against the Yemeni people.

Today’s strike, dubbed ‘Operation Hurricane Yemen 2’, targeted the Saudi and Emirati depths, the military spokesman said.

“The al-Dhafra military airbase and other sensitive targets were hit in the Emirati enemy’s capital, Abu Dhabi, using several Zolfiqar ballistic missiles. Additionally, vital and important targets in Dubai were hit using several Sammad-3 drones,” Saree went on to say.

Meanwhile, the spokesman added that “several military bases in the Saudi depth, particularly in Sharoura area and several areas, were targeted using several Sammad-1 and Qasef-2k drones; while vital and sensitive sites in Jizan and Assir were targeted using several ballistic missiles, scoring precise achievements.”

“The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm full readiness in expanding its operations in the next phase to confront every escalation with another escalation, and renew their advice for foreign companies and investors in the UAE to leave the statelet after it turned an unsafe place,” according to Brigadier General Saree.

The spokesman finally underscored that the UAE will remain a permanent target as long as it continues its aggression and blockade against the Yemeni people.

Earlier media reports estimated that a large number of ballistic missiles and drones targeted several sites in Abu Dhabi and southern Saudi Arabia.

Al-Mayadeen network’s correspondent cited information that said more than two missiles were launched towards the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, the Sanaa government slammed the Arab League’s recent statement, referring to it as paid and doesn’t reflect the Arab conscience.

Saudi Arabia and several of its allies have been attacking the Arab world’s already poorest nation since March 2015 in an unsuccessful bid to change its ruling structure in favor of its former Riyadh-aligned officials.

The war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Yemeni forces that feature the Yemeni army and its allied fighters from the Popular Committees have, however, vowed not to lay down their arms until the country’s complete liberation from the scourge of the invasion.

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Assisted ‘genocide’: How allied weapons embolden Saudi crimes in Yemen

January 25, 2022

By Farah Hajj Hassan

How the Saudi coalition’s crimes began with weapons from allied nations and why they are determined to remain silent.

Assisted Assassinations: How allied weapons enable Saudi crimes in Yemen

As it turns out, the real-life monsters behind the Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen and the massacre of its people are the same champions and cheerleaders of human rights around the world oozing with hypocrisy and double standards. UNICEF has called the situation in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the UK, France, Canada, and the US are among the countries responsible for making that nightmare a reality.

The US Department of State reports that human rights abuses of Saudi Arabia include, but are not limited to, “unlawful killings, executions for nonviolent offenses, torture, and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of prisoners, serious restrictions on free expression, the press, and the internet, severe restrictions of religious freedom,” and many many more. As of 2020, Saudi Arabia remains the world’s largest arms importer. Arms sales from the US alone amounted to $3 billion from 2015-2020, agreeing to sell $64.1 billion worth of weapons to Riyadh. 

In what universe does that sound like a government worth funding with weapons? Why then do we not hear the same cries of human rights resounding in the West? Because the west and its previous administrations have long ago sold their soul to the Saudi regime before any of their current administrations can even remember. 

A permanent [bloody] record

US President Joe Biden made foreign policy commitments to end the selling of “offensive” weapons to the kingdom and “end all support” for a war that created a humanitarian catastrophe. 

How did Biden deliver? A major arms sale two months ago, including 280 air-to-air missiles valued at $650 million.

At the time, the Pentagon’s statement said the sale would help to “improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle East.”

Does the US consider economic progress to be the complete destruction and demolishment of a country along with 3,825 murdered children? 

The former administration under Donald Trump shamelessly embraced arms sales to Saudi Arabia that in no doubt helped prolong the war that has killed thousands in what is considered the Arab region’s poorest nation, further destabilizing the already volatile region. 

Unlike Biden, Trump was very public about the economic and diplomatic benefits that would follow the sale, with no regard to the thousands being killed and maimed as a result of the US-designed and manufactured weapons. 

Entesaf Organization for Women and Child Rights in Yemen reported the data, adding that more than 400,000 Yemeni children are suffering from severe malnutrition, 80,000 of whom are at risk of facing death. The number of displaced families as of November has reached 670, 343 in 15 governorates.  Where exactly does Saudi Arabia intend to implement its economic progress in Yemen to allow those families to prosper? 

Britain has been under increased scrutiny over its arms deals to Saudi Arabia and remains silent on the crimes it repeatedly commits. 

The mind-boggling hypocrisy of the west almost has no end. The frenzy that surrounds the defense of Saudi Arabia by its allies can be mirrored with the hysteric defense of “Israel” while it commits its crimes against the Palestinians on a regular basis.

In numerous TV interviews, British and American officials can be shown echoing the same formula we have heard countless times in the last twenty years. Begin with a dictator or lack thereof, blame the people for overthrowing said dictator or supporting him, blame Iran for “emboldening” and training militias, and bam! Claim your get-out-of-jail-free card in international law.

Clean smiles, dirty hands

Other Saudi allies have had their fair share of arms deals that enabled Saudi aggression.

Canada for instance has long been an arms exporter to Saudi Arabia. In 2020, Canada sent close to $2.9 billion of arms hardware to Saudi Arabia. The exports included light-armored vehicles, 31 large-caliber artillery systems, and 152 heavy machine guns

Justin Trudeau, a man who has repeatedly come out and condemned and apologized about residential schools, remains silent regarding the Yemeni children whose schools have been rendered to piles of dust.

In August, Amnesty International Canada and Project Ploughshares urged Canada to end their sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia as a report surfaced accusing the Prime Minister of violating the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia. The report detailed evidence that weapons from Canada to the Kingdom were used in the war, including LAVs (light-armored vehicles) and sniper rifles. Under the previous Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada inked a $12 billion deal to ship Canadian-made LAVs to Saudi Arabia.

France and the UAE: A match made in hell

In December 2021, France signed a deal with the UAE worth $19.20 billion to supply 80 Rafale fighter planes by Dassault Aviation, the largest single purchase of the Dassault-made Rafale outside of the French Army. Human Rights Watch criticized the sale, saying the UAE has played “a prominent role” in the atrocity-ridden war on Yemen. The statement also said that Riyadh was in 2020 the largest buyer of French weapons.

In a report titled “Arms sales: France and the United Arab Emirates, partners in the crimes committed in Yemen,” numerous organizations list how France failed to respect its human rights commitments according to the UN Arms Trade Treaty which “regulates the international trade in conventional arms.” The report details that the UAE is a strategic ally of France and describes the former as a “repressive dictatorship”, where all dissenting voices risk imprisonment or torture, recalling the unjust sentences issued against 69 human rights activists in 2013 after an unfair trial. 

The investigative French website Disclose revealed that France delivered tens of thousands of arms to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar during President Francois Hollande’s reign in 2016, despite knowing that they would be used in the war on Yemen.

The website quoted “secret defense documents” that “since 2016, France has allowed the delivery of about 150,000 shells” to its two Gulf allies.

The French President met with Mohammed Bin Salman as one of the first western leaders to visit the kingdom since the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

The hypocrisy with France, in particular, is that it prides itself in its secular mantra, and its policies have mostly targeted Muslims and adopted highly anti-Islamic rhetoric. Macron’s cozying up to MBS tells a different story, with the Secretary-General of Amnesty International commenting on the move by suggesting that it is part of a “rehabilitation” policy of the Saudi Prince. She expressed, “It grieves me that it is France, a country of human rights, which is used as the tool of this policy.” 

Typhoons of misery for Yemen

Over half of Saudi’s combat aircraft deployed in bombing operations in Yemen are provided by none other than the UK.

The United Kingdom signed off on arms exports worth nearly $1.9 billion to Saudi Arabia between July and September 2020 following the lifting of a ban on weapons sales to the Gulf country. “UK-made weapons have played a devastating role in the Saudi-led attacks on Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis they have created, yet the UK government has done everything it can to keep the arms sales flowing,” said Sarah Waldron, a spokesperson for the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT). 

The published value of UK arms export to the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of the war is £6.9 billion, and CAAT estimates that the real value is over £20 billion.

Between January 2015 and December 2019, the British government approved 385 licenses for the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. The UK Government has confirmed that the Saudi-led coalition attacked Yemen with weaponry that was manufactured in the UK, including Typhoon and Tornado fighter planes, Paveway bombs, and Brimstone and Stormshadow missiles. 

The British government has also admitted that precision-guided weapons have also been used in the war on Yemen. 

The Mwatana’s 2019 report “Day of Judgement: the role of the US and Europe in civilian death, destruction, and trauma in Yemen,” dissects the details of UK weapons and attacks on civilians in Yemen including an attack on a community college, warehouse, and multiple factories. 

Raining missiles 

Days ago, the Yemeni Armed Forces announced “carrying out a qualitative military operation, Yemen Hurricane, in response to the escalation of aggression against the country.” The operation targeted Abu Dhabi’s airport, the oil refinery in Mussafah in Abu Dhabi, and several other sites in the UAE.

Ali Al-Qahoum, a member of Ansar Allah Political Bureau, blessed the Yemeni operation in the UAE depth, saying that “this operation and others will continue as long as the aggression and siege continue with strategic goals further ahead.”

Yemeni victims of the Saudi-led war filed a complaint against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for financing terrorism.

The complaint was submitted on behalf of the Yemeni NGO, the Legal Center for Rights and Development, which is based in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The war on Yemen in numbers

Nowhere to run

The megaphones of human rights campaigns and global petitions against the war on Yemen must be amplified, keeping in mind that the enemy is not Ansar Allah, neither is it the Palestinians, nor is it the Lebanese, or the Chinese, or the Russians. The true enemy of the West is the Axis of Resistance. Time has proven that a refusal to kneel to the demands of the West is all it takes to become an enemy. 

If the cries of the virtuous remain unheard and the coalition and governments complicit in the massacres refuse to listen, then the Yemeni people surely will be left with the only other alternative. It was, is, and will always be the only key that unlocks the shackles of oppression and brutality; Resistance. 

And one thing will certainly never change. The Saudi royals, no matter how enshrined in gold, can never cleanse themselves of the crimes they have committed against humanity, for conscience is the one thing they cannot buy. 

UAE bans drones days after Ansarallah attack on Abu Dhabi

The timing of the decision suggests that the ban on drone strikes is a result of the attack on Abu Dhab

January 23 2022

Ansarallah’s Samad-3 long-range drones, assumed to be used in its strikes on Abu Dhabi in JanuaryPhoto Credit: The Cradle

ByNews Desk- 

On 22 January, authorities in the United Arab Emirates suspended the use of drones and light-sports aircraft. According to a statement issued by the Emirati interior ministry, the decision is in response to the “misuse” of drones.

The Emirati interior ministry accused some operators of “trespassing into areas where these types of activities are prohibited.”

It warned that it would take legal action against any organizations or individuals violating the suspension. The statement did not provide any detail on when the suspension will be lifted.

The move comes a few days after the Ansarallah resistance movement of Yemen attacked the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, in retaliation for the aggressive military assaults of the UAE against the people of Yemen.

The spokesperson for the Yemen armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said drones and missiles were used to hit two locations in Abu Dhabi on 17 January.

The Ansarallah attack, which left three people dead, has unsettled authorities in UAE who did not expect Ansarallah to strike deep inside the country.

Ansarallah had previously warned that the UAE should brace itself for more attacks if it continues its military operations in Yemen.

The UAE is a key member of the Saudi-led alliance that has been waging a brutal ground and air assault against the people of Yemen since January 2015.

In addition to deploying its forces to participate in the operations of the coalition, the UAE also finances and arms Yemeni armed groups fighting against the Yemeni armed forces.

On 21 January, one of the UAE-backed militias announced that it was suspending its military campaign in Marib province, where it has been clashing with the Yemen army.

The so-called Giants Brigade claimed that this decision was taken in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Yemeni Resistance Advises Foreign Companies to Leave UAE

Jan 23 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Saree advised the foreign companies to leave the UAE, stating that the UAE is insecure as long as its rulers continue military aggression against Yemen.

Brigadier General Saree in a statement he issued on Friday recommended foreign companies to leave UAE, saying: “After today’s catastrophes committed by the Saudi-American-Emirati coalition air force against our beloved nation, we advise foreign companies in the UAE to leave this country.”

Saree labelled the UAE as insecure as long as its rulers continue military aggression against Yemen, underscoring that foreign companies have invested in a small insecure country.

Warplanes of the Saudi-led military coalition pounded a detention center in Saada in the early hours of Friday, killing at least 70 people and injuring some 140 others, with reports saying that the death toll is expected to rise since many of the wounded were seriously hurt.

On Friday evening, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the UN chief had condemned “the airstrikes launched earlier today by the Saudi-led coalition against a detention center in Saada city.”

Earlier, the Head of Yemen Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammad Ali al-Houthi in a tweet wrote, “If the defeated United States in Afghanistan supports the Saudi aggression coalition, we explicitly declare to the coalition that your defeat in Yemen will be heavier than the defeat of Americans in Afghanistan.”

A senior official from Yemen’s popular Ansarullah Resistance movement said the UAE should brace for more stinging retaliatory strikes from Yemeni armed forces and their allies if Abu Dhabi does not end its involvement in the atrocious military aggression against the conflict-stricken Arab country.

“The UAE should expect more painful attacks if it does not stop attacking Yemen,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansarullah’s political bureau, told Qatari Al Jazeera television news network on Monday.

Saudi Arabia, at the head of an Arab coalition backed by the United States, launched a military aggression against Yemen and imposed a land, air and sea blockade on March 26, 2015, claiming that it was trying to bring the resigned Yemeni president back to power.

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Former British MP Corbyn: Arms sales to Saudi Arabia must end now

Jan 22 2022

Net Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net 

After the Saudi-led coalition launched raids on Yemen, in a continuous act of terrorism and genocide, former British MP Jeremy Corbyn condemned the attacks and called on officials to “stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia.”

British MP Jeremy Corbyn stands in solidarity with Yemen against the Saudi-led coalition.

“Airstrikes in Yemen last night killed more than 60 victims and caused a nationwide internet blackout.

The UK government is complicit in these crimes through arming and training the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia must end now.”

These were the words of former British MP Jeremy Corbyn in a tweet as he stood in solidarity with Yemen against the Saudi-led coalition’s murderous acts in the war-torn country. 

Earlier, Corbyn stood in solidarity with Yemen against the British government and called on Boris Johnson to “stop arming Saudi Arabia.”

Read more: US Arms in Saudi’s Pool of Blood: The Yemeni Massacre

Corbyn would stop arms sales to Saudi

Two years back, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the United Kingdom’s main opposition Labor Party, has stated that if his party wins the country’s upcoming election, he will stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia for use in war-torn Yemen.

“Labour will stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen and work to end the war there, not actively support it as the Conservative government has done,” Corbyn said in a speech setting out his party’s foreign policy objectives before the December 12 polls.

UN condemns Saudi-led coalition attack

On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned airstrikes in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.

According to Guterres’ Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, additional deadly airstrikes in Yemen have been reported, with children among those killed.

“An airstrike on telecommunications facilities in Al-Hudaydah has also significantly disrupted vital internet services across much of the country,” Dujarric said in a statement. “The Secretary-General calls for prompt, effective and transparent investigations into these incidents to ensure accountability.”

Internet blackout across Yemen

Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported yesterday that Yemen is suffering from a nationwide internet blackout as a result of the Saudi-led coalition targeting the telecommunications tower in Al-Hudaydah two nights ago.

NetBlocks, which monitors internet networks, showed the blackout began at around 1 am.

Cloudflare, based in San Francisco, has also shown that Yemen is experiencing a blackout.

Yemen’s Al Masirah TV said the airstrike on the telecom building led to civilian casualties and showed footage of people digging through the rubble looking for victims.

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التصعيد في اليمن علامة انطلاق قطار التسويات

السبت 22 كانون ثاني 2022

 ناصر قنديل

في ربيع عام 2015 عندما كان الأميركي قد حسم أمره لجهة التوقيع على الاتفاق النووي، بدأت السعودية والإمارات حربهما على اليمن، بالتنسيق مع الأميركي ولم يكن خافياً وقوف “إسرائيل” في خلفية الحرب، باعتبار حسم أمر اليمن وتصفية المخزون الصاروخي الذي كان بحوزة أنصار الله آنذاك، وفرض السيطرة على مضيق باب المندب وساحل البحر الأحمر، والإمساك باليمن كجغرافيا ذات قيمة استراتيجية في الخليج هو تعويض خسائر السعودية والإمارات و”إسرائيل” جراء التوقيع الأميركي على الاتفاق النووي مع إيران دون انتزاع تنازلات منها في ملفي سلاح الصواريخ ودعم قوى المقاومة. وكان الرهان المؤسس على زواج تقديرات القوة العسكرية، والخلفية العنصرية لاستصغار قدرات اليمن وتهوين ما يختزنه شعبه من مؤهلات وإمكانات، إن الحرب ستحسم خلال أسابيع أو كحد أقصى خلال شهور، حتى أن الأميركيين الذين وعدوا بالحسم خلال مطلع الصيف مددوا فترة ما قبل توقيع الاتفاق النووي مرتين أملاً بأن يُنجز الحسم قبل التوقيع، الذي أنجز في منتصف شهر تموز.

  المتغيّرات التي رافقت الحرب جعلت من اليمنيين رقماً صعباً في معادلة أمن الخليج، بصورة لم تكن قائمة قبل انطلاق الحرب، فقد نجح اليمنيون بفرض حضورهم وتمكّنهم من إفشال أهداف الحرب، رغم خسائرهم الهائلة بالأرواح، وأغلبها خسائر في المدنيين، ورغم الدمار والخراب الذي أصاب عمرانهم وبناهم التحتية، بحيث لم ينجُ جسر ولا منشأة ولا مدينة ولا مرفق من هذه الضريبة الغالية. وبالتدريج بدأ اليمنيون يمسكون بزمام المبادرة الاستراتيجي، المرتكز على ثلاثية أمن البحر الأحمر، مدى الطائرات المسيّرات والصواريخ البالستية نحو مياه الخليج وممرات الطاقة والتجارة العالمية، وعمق كيان الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، وصولا لإقامة معادلة العمق بالعمق عبر النجاح بإيصال الصواريخ والطائرات المسيّرة الى مرافق حيوية في السعودية ولاحقاً في الإمارات رداً على كل استهداف نوعي للعمق اليمني.

عشيّة بدء السنة الثامنة من الحرب، يبدو المشهد شبيهاً لما كان عليه مع بدئها، سواء لجهة ما يجري على الساحة الدولية والإقليمية، أو ما يجري في مسارات الحرب نفسها من ضراوة، فالأميركي الذي خرج من الاتفاق النووي مع إيران، يفاوض اليوم للعودة، وكل الوقائع تقول بأنه بات قاب قوسين أو أدنى من توقيع وثيقة العودة للاتفاق، وهذه المرّة بتسليم مسبق واضح بالعجز عن ضم ملف الصواريخ الإيرانية وما يسمّونه بالنفوذ الإيراني الى ملفات التفاوض، وعدم ضم ملفات الإقليم للملف النووي بمقدار ما هو انتصار لإيران، فالاتفاق نفسه سيخلق مناخاً إقليمياً عنوانه نهاية الفصل الأهم من المواجهة الأميركية الإيرانية، التي تمثل نصف مضامين حروب المنطقة، ويشكل إطفاء نيرانها إيذاناً بانطلاق زمن التسويات، على الأقل من زاوية النظر الأميركية التي لا تحتمل مزيداً من الحرائق في زمن سعيها لتفادي التورط في المزيد من الحروب في زمن له عنوان واحد هو الانسحاب من أفغانستان، ومثال التفاوض حول أوكرانيا حي يُرزق.

إذا كان الوقت المتبقي لحرب اليمن لم يعُد طويلاً، وهو الوقت الفاصل عن توقيع الاتفاق النووي أو ما بعده بشهور قليلة، فإن الوقت المتبقي لتحقيق مكتسبات سعودية وإماراتية تحفظ ماء الوجه عند وقف الحرب، يضيق أكثر، ووحده يفسر هذا التصعيد الجنونيّ، لكن الوقت لا يعمل في اتجاه واحد، فاليمنيون يعتبرون أن الوقت معهم، وأن إنجاز الاتفاق النووي يفتح أمامهم المزيد من الوقت لتحقيق الإنجازات، ولذلك فهم لا يقيمون حساباً لما يجري على ساحات التفاوض، والإصرار السعودي الإماراتي على التصعيد سينتج مزيداً من التصعيد اليمني، الذي سيفرض عليهما الكثير من الخسائر، بدلاً من المكتسبات، وربما يجعل الفترة الفاصلة عن وقف الحرب أقصر.

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Massacre in Yemen confirms forces of aggression barbarism: Hezbollah

21 Jan 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Lebanese Hezbollah condemns the horrific massacre committed by the Saudi-American coalition in Yemen and says this massacre is a miserable compensation for the catastrophic failure on the battlefield.

Hezbollah: The massacre is a miserable compensation for the catastrophic failure on the battlefield (archive photo)

Hezbollah strongly condemned “the horrific massacres committed by the Saudi-US aggression on Yemen,” denouncing the “deadly silence that envelops the world regarding these massacres.”

Today, Friday, the Lebanese party said in a statement that “this heinous massacre confirms the barbarism of the forces of aggression and their lack for human, moral and religious values.”

The party stated that “this massacre is a miserable compensation for the catastrophic failure [of the Saudi coalition] on the battlefield” calling on “the Free to stand with the Yemenis.”

The condemnation of the party came following the Saudi coalition targeting civilian neighborhoods and infrastructure in the capital, Sanaa, Saada, and Al-Hudaydah. Air raids launched by its warplanes, at dawn today, Friday, on the central prison in Saada, resulted in the deaths of more than 65 victims and the injury of more than 120.

The Saudi coalition aircraft targeted the telecommunications building in the city of Al-Hudaydah, leaving 6 victims, including 3 children, and injuring 18, most of whom are children. Sanaa was also subjected to heavy aerial bombardment by coalition warplanes.

Palestinian factions condemn Saudi massacres in Yemen

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine affirmed Friday that the deliberate targeting of Yemenis by US aircraft is evidence of the failure of the Saudi-led coalition aggression and its defeat on the battlefields.

In a statement, the movement condemned the massacres committed by the Saudi-led coalition, stressing that the deliberate targeting of civilians is “a desperate and cheap” attempt to break the will of Yemenis who refused the dictates of regimes that linked their fate to US-Israeli policies in the region and abandoned the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds.

The movement affirmed its support and solidarity with the Yemeni people against aggression,​​ expressing its confidence that they will triumph over the aggression.

PFLP: Yemen will defeat aggression

For its part, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) expressed its full solidarity with the families of the victims and with the Yemeni people, wishing them a speedy deliverance from suffering.

The Popular Front stressed that with its legendary steadfastness, Yemen will eventually defeat the aggression, stressing the need for the Arab national liberation movement forces and the people of the nation to move urgently to curb and stop the aggression against Yemen.

“Gulf countries will pay the price”

In an interview with Al Mayadeen, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a Hamas official in Gaza, confirmed that the Gulf countries will pay the price for normalization, as well as their policy in Yemen.

Earlier, the PFLP-GC issued a statement against the aggression of the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen.

The Palestinian movement’s statement said the massacres committed by the Zionist-affiliated enemy coalition under US cover against the people of Yemen will turn into a stab in the hearts of the leaders of normalization.

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Yemen: Dozens martyred, wounded in a new Saudi coalition massacre

Jan 21 2021

The Saudi-led coalition forces of aggression commit a new massacre in Saada.

The death toll continues to rise, with the latest reported number of martyrs reaching 60.

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net

Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported on Friday that more than 60 martyrs and 120 wounded fell on Friday as a result of Saud-led coalition airstrikes on the central prison in Saada, with the death toll still increasing.

Our correspondent also noted that a number of the casualties are foreign nationals, stressing that rescue teams have been working on the site of the massacre since dawn, trying to find the bodies of the dead and rescue the wounded.

The Saudi-led coalition continued to launch its airstrikes on a number of Yemeni governorates, causing civilian casualties, as more than 70 strikes were counted within the past few hours. The coalition also continues to violate the ceasefire in Al-Hudaydah.

On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition of aggression launched a series of violent air raids on Al-HudaydahAl Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported.

The Saudi-led coalition’s air force targeted the telecommunication tower in the city, our correspondent added, which resulted in 6 martyrs, including 3 children, and 18 wounded, most of whom were children.

The internet was cut off in all parts of Yemen following the attack.

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UAE to Expand Use of ‘Israeli’ Aerial Military Technology – Zionist Media

Jan 20 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The United Arab Emirates is looking to expand its arsenal of ‘Israeli’ counter-drone military systems, Zionist media reported, claiming that the step comes in the aftermaths of the deadly drone operation carried out by the Yemeni resistance targeting Abu Dhabi last Monday.

“As a result of the drone strike, the UAE is now looking to acquire new ‘Israeli’-made anti-drone systems,” Ynet reported, adding that Abu Dhabi had already purchased and deployed one such system in recent months.

“Due to the incident that happened this week, they [the Emiratis] are now asking us what we can supply them with as soon as possible out of a long list of systems,” Itzik Huber, CEO of Skylock Systems, part of the Avnon HLS Group, said.

Based in the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian territories, Skylock Systems specializes in the design and production of technologies for the detection, verification and neutralization of unauthorized drones. The company’s technology has been deployed in 31 countries, including the United States and, more recently, Morocco.

Huber claimed that the UAE would have been able to prevent Monday’s strike if they had an anti-drone system in place at or near the airport.

“Had they deployed such a system there, they would have known ahead of time that a strike was incoming,” he added. “Even if you’re unable to stop the attack, knowing that it is about to happen is very important because you can move people to shelters and look for ways to defend yourself.”

In order to stop a drone attack, the UAV must first be detected. Skylock technology is able to detect hostile drones from over 20 km, or 12.4 miles away, Huber claimed.

The Yemeni Armed Forces launched dozens of drones and ballistic missiles on Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports, as well as on al-Musaffah oil refinery in the Emirati capital, in retaliation for UAE’s ongoing aggression against the Arab impoverished country. The successful operation killed three and wounded six others, while inflicting heavy material damage and destabilizing the security of the member of the coalition of aggression.

The UAE’s bitter choices: strikes in its cities or defeat in Yemen

January 19 2022

By Abdel Bari Atwan

There are two main choices for the UAE: escalate dramatically or exit quickly, both with considerable cost to Abu Dhabi

On 17 January, Yemeni resistance movement Ansarallah launched its first-ever retaliatory missile strikes into the UAE’s depth, hitting Abu Dhabi airport and a key petroleum facility. Within hours, the Saudi-led coalition struck Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, killing 23 civilians in the ensuing bombardments. Both sides have threatened to escalate, after seven years of a brutal war.

So, what are the options of the UAE and the Houthis after the recent and sudden military confrontations? Will Abu Dhabi withdraw again – as it claimed to have done in 2019 – or will it continue its expensive proxy war, via its Yemen-based mercenary armies? And how will the Houthis respond to each of these scenarios?

After the unprecedented drones and ballistic missile attack launched by Ansarallah, Yemen’s Houthi-dominated resistance movement, into the UAE’s territorial depth, there are two critical questions that arise. The first is about the real motives behind this new Ansarallah gambit, and the second, about the UAE’s reaction to this attack.

Importantly, will this escalation lead to a change in strategy in the long run: will Abu Dhabi return to this war after a semi-interruption of three years, or will it decide to withdraw completely this time – proxies included – in order to avoid potentially high costs?

The Houthis, who have targeted multiple strategic economic and military sites inside Saudi Arabia with ballistic and winged missiles over the past years, had thus far avoided targeting the UAE in its retaliatory strikes. The Emiratis are the second-lead and key partner in the Arab coalition’s “Decisive Storm” assault launched on Yemen by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March 2015, in which he pledged to enter Houthi-controlled Sanaa “as a conqueror.”

When asked about why they neglected to retaliate against the UAE until now, sources close to the Houthis provided several reasons for that decision:

First, Ansarallah was unwilling to open two battle fronts at the same time – with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both – in addition to their internal battlefronts with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), and the Saudi-backed Islah party and al-Sharia army.

Second, the Houthis had reached an implicit, unwritten agreement with the UAE that can be summed up thus: “We left the south to you, so leave the north to us, and do not interfere in it politically or militarily… and you will be safe.”

Third, the desire of Iran, an Ansarallah ally, to maintain a cautious balance with the UAE – especially with the Emirate of Dubai, a critical commercial gateway for undermining the severity of US sanctions on Iran, estimated to account for more than $14 billion annually in Emirati-Iranian trade.

Fourth, the sudden decision of the UAE in 2019 to withdraw its official troops gradually from Yemen after a sharp increase in soldier losses, estimated at 150 dead and hundreds more wounded.

Among the most prominent of those injured was Zayed bin Hamdan, the son of former foreign minister and governor of the northern region Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, and also the son-in-law of the the de facto ruler of the Emirates, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ). Hamdan was paralyzed and is in a wheelchair.

The UAE’s strong return to the Yemeni theater in recent months, via its proxies, especially in the critical battles of Shabwah, Marib and Al-Bayda, has changed Ansarallah’s calculations. The UAE-backed Giant Brigades – headed by General Tariq Afash, nephew of the late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh – and other southern factions, upended all the equations on the ground when it stymied the advance of Ansarallah forces on these key frontlines.

Because of this Emirati escalation in recent weeks, Ansarallah lost partial control of the oil-rich Shabwah governorate, inflicting huge human losses in its ranks, tipping the scales toward the Saudi-backed Sharia army and easing the siege on them in Marib, which the Saudis were on the verge of losing.

After several days of hesitation, during which consultations took place with allies in Tehran, Beirut, and among Yemeni tribal leaders, Ansarallah decided to send a strong message to the UAE. It did so by bombing the Emirati depth, but in a reduced and deliberate way, to deliver a warning message to Abu Dhabi: “You breached the agreement.. If you go back, we will return, and he who warns have been excused (from explaining further),” say the Houthi sources mentioned above.

The Emirati military response came quickly, less than 24 hours later, with an aerial bombardment of the home of retired General Abdullah Qassem al-Junaid, head of the Yemeni Air College in the heart of Sanaa – where three families resided – killing about 23 civilians and wounding dozens for the first time in years.

There are two options for the UAE after these recent developments.

First, to revive the 2019 ‘truce agreement’ with the Houthis, which would entail ordering UAE proxies to immediately withdraw from the Shabwah, Marib and Al-Bayda fronts and return to their former bases on the western coast, south of Hodeidah and near Bab al-Mandab, as a first step.

Second, to advance its proxies into Ansarallah’s geographic red lines, and throw its full weight back into the Yemeni war  to strengthen the exhausted military position of its Saudi ally. These were decisions implemented by the UAE and Saudi Arabia in an agreement reached during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MbS) visit to Abu Dhabi before last December’s Gulf summit.

It is not known which of the two options the Emirati leadership will choose. The first will be difficult as it will require an exit from the Saudi-led war coalition, an increase in tension with Riyadh, and the abandonment of its allies’ military ambitions in southern Yemen – but it will lead to halting any new Houthi attacks in the Emirati depth.

The second option may be vastly more expensive, because the Houthis are likely to continue their bombing of the UAE with more powerful retaliatory strikes targeting the oil and tourism infrastructure, especially the airports and the facilities of the “ADNOC” company, an Emirati version of Saudi Aramco.

Ansarallah’s bombardment of the UAE with missiles and drones, although expected, constituted a dangerous new development. It changed all the rules of engagement and moved the Yemeni war to a new stage where developments are difficult to anticipate.

Israel is about 1,600 kilometers from Sanaa – approximately the same distance between Abu Dhabi and Yemen’s capital city. Tel Aviv’s assistance to the UAE to investigate the Ansarallah strike capabilities comes on the back of increasing Israeli fears that it could be the next destination for Houthi ballistic missiles and armed drones. So, how then could this new element influence the direction of the Arab coalition countries in this war, and the UAE, in particular?

This unprecedented bombing of the Emirati depth will either lead to accelerate the exploration of a solution to end the Yemeni war – or escalate it, expand its circle, and invite other regional parties into it. The new entrants could include the countries and arms of the resistance axis, jihadists from all over the world, Russia, China, and a more active presence by western NATO states – similar to what happened in Syria.

In all cases, the surprises of the new year have already arrived, faster than we could have imagined.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

عن حزب الله وحلفائه… والمعركتيْن

 الإثنين 17 كانون الثاني 2022

ابراهيم الأمين

المعركة القائمة في لبنان تحتمل التمييز بين معركة كبرى على هُوية البلاد، وأخرى أقلّ حجماً على طبيعة السلطات القائمة وأدائها. هدف التمييز التفريق بين طبيعة وخلفية المنخرطين في المعركتين اللتين ستشهدان احتداماً في الأشهر القليلة المقبلة. صحيح أن الانتخابات النيابية تشكّل استحقاقاً مركزياً، لكنّ أحداً لا يمكنه اليوم أن يجزم بأنها حاصلة حتماً. وقد يكون الانفجار الاجتماعي الحقيقي هو العامل المركزي في الدفع ليس نحو تغيير للسلطة من خلال صناديق الاقتراع فحسب، بل نحو إعادة صياغة دستور جديد لهذه البلاد. وعندها لا يبقى معنى لهذه الانتخابات.

في المعركة الكبرى، يتشارك اللاعبون في لبنان مصالح وحسابات قوى في المنطقة والعالم. عملياً، نحن أمام مواجهة بين محور تقوده الولايات المتحدة ومحور تقوده إيران. ولا يُخفي أنصار أميركا، أو المتحالفون معها، أن هدفهم التخلّص من المقاومة، إذ يجدون في فكرة المقاومة، وفي آلية عملها وأهدافها، ما يتناقض مع أحلامهم وتصوّراتهم لهذا البلد. وبالتالي، فإن قسماً من اللبنانيين يقول، صراحة، إنه لا يريد المقاومة. ومن كان يزعم سابقاً أنه يدعم المقاومة حتى تحرير الأرض، بات يصرّح اليوم بأنه لا يريدها من أصلها، بل يريد تسوية مع إسرائيل.

يعرف خصوم المقاومة أنها ليست لاعباً محلياً كالآخرين، ويدركون أن طبيعتها تحول دون أن تكون لاعباً محلياً. وجود إسرائيل سبب رئيس وحاكم لوجود المقاومة. وجود إسرائيل، وليس احتلالها لأرض لبنانية، هو الحاكم لوجود المقاومة في كل مكان من هذه المنطقة. وهذا يعني، ببساطة، أن المقاومة تحتاج إلى عناصر قوّة لحماية نفسها وتأمين صمودها وتطوير قدراتها وأدوارها الردعية. وهي تفعل ذلك عبر تعزيز قوتها في لبنان، ومن خلال حماية ظهرها عبر الدور الذي تلعبه في سوريا والعراق، وبتعزيز فعّاليتها من خلال التحالف العضوي مع المقاومة في فلسطين، وبحماية عمقها في المنطقة والإقليم من خلال علاقتها الخاصة مع اليمن أو تحالفها الاستراتيجي مع إيران. ولأنّ الأمر على هذا النحو، لا يُفترض بخصوم المقاومة التصرّف بغرابة مع المواقف التي تتخذها والخطوات التي تقوم بها. كما أنه ساذج من يتوقع أن تحصر المقاومة نفسها ودورها في لبنان.

في هذه المعركة، لم تعد هناك أسلحة خَفيّة. أميركا لا تمزح الآن. وهي لا تعاقب المقاومة فقط، بل كل من لا يرفض المقاومة. الجديد في الحرب أن الأميركيين لن يقبلوا، بعد اليوم، من أي طرف لبناني أن يقول: «نحن مع المقاومة… ولكن». وهم واضحون في أنهم يريدون من الجميع الجهر صراحةً بأنهم «ضدّ المقاومة». وهذا ما فرض تعديلاً جوهرياً في آليات العمل، وما يجعل الضغوط على لبنان تتخذ أشكالاً، من السياسة إلى الاقتصاد والأمن والمال. وهي ضغوط ستتعاظم كلّما اشتدّت المعركة.

في المقابل، لا تزال المقاومة تلعب في موقع الدفاع. فلا تبادر إلى ضرب الأميركيين مباشرة، ولا إلى ردع المنخرطين في المحور الذي تقوده أميركا أو معاقبتهم. وهي لا تزال ترفع «الصبر» شعاراً، لأنها تريد أن تختار، هي، موقع المعركة مع الأميركيين وزمانها. ولذلك، فإنها مستعدّة لتحمّل العبء والأثمان، وحتى الضربات، من أنّى أتت وكيفما جاءت، وهذا ما يدفع الطرف الآخر إلى مزيد من التصعيد.

لكن، يبدو أن هناك ما استجدّ بما يفرض تعديل آليات العمل، إذ يبدو أن المقاومة تتحضّر لمغادرة موقع الدفاع. والمواقف الأخيرة، حيال الحملة السياسية والإعلامية المحلية والخارجية على المقاومة، ليست سوى إشارة أولى، من ضمن استراتيجية تستهدف الانتقال إلى الهجوم كوسيلة مناسبة للدفاع، خصوصاً أن الطرف الآخر لا يقف عند أي اعتبار إنساني في هذه الحرب الشرسة، وأن هناك جيشاً من اللبنانيين والعرب المنخرطين، بقوة، في هذه المعركة، وكل ما نشهده يؤكّد بوضوح أن محور أميركا، لم يعد يقبل حتى بتسويات، بل يريد إطاحة المقاومة أياً كانت الكلفة.

على حزب الله أن يدفع حلفاءه إلى تغيير كبير في سلوكهم، والوقوف عند خاطر التائهين من أنصار المقاومة

في هذه المعركة، يصبح لزاماً على أنصار المقاومة وقف المزاح أيضاً. الأمر اليوم يتجاوز النقاشات العامة والجدل القابل للضبط، إذ إننا أمام معركة وجودية. والدفاع عن المقاومة وحقّها في حماية نفسها وتعزيز قوتها وتوسيع دائرة نفوذها، يحتاج إلى انخراط مختلف في هذه المعركة، وهنا، سنكون أمام اختبار لكثير من القوى والشرائح التي لم تكن تجد مشكلة سابقاً في مجرد إعلان دعمها للمقاومة، فيما هي تقف اليوم أمام تحدّي دفع ثمن هذه المواقف، وهذا ما يجعل سقوط كثيرين أمراً متوقّعاً.

في المعركة الثانية، يجد لبنانيون كثر أنفسهم أمام عصابة تستمر في حكمهم، بكل قساوة وجلافة واستهتار، وأن عليهم رفع السقف في مواجهة أركانها. هؤلاء يتصرّفون تحت ضغط الأزمة الاقتصادية والمعيشية المتفاقمة، ويتقدمون أكثر نحو مواجهة ستكون مليئة بفوضى الشعارات والتحالفات والخطوات. وفي هذا الإطار، لن يكون مقبولاً أن تتصرف المقاومة، ومن يدعمها، بالطريقة نفسها كما في المعركة الكبرى. هنا، يجب التنبّه إلى أن التكتيك السياسي للمقاومة سيضعف إذا ما بقي محكوماً بطبيعة التحالفات القائمة اليوم.

ربما يرى كثيرون مناورةً في دعوة التيار الوطني الحر إلى مراجعة التفاهم مع حزب الله، وأن للتيار أهدافه الموضعية المرتبطة بالانتخابات. لكنّ التيار رمى، عامداً أو من دون قصد، حجراً كبيراً في المياه الراكدة (أو حتى الآسنة) التي يعيش فيها الحلف الذي قام منذ عام 2006.

وما فعله التيار تقوم به حركة أمل، وإن بطريقة مختلفة. لا تخاطب الحركة الحزب احتجاجاً أو تدعوه إلى مراجعة. لكنها تقول له إن نظرتها إلى المعركة الداخلية باتت تختلف عن نظرته. مشكلة أمل، هنا، أنها تخوض معركة دفاعية كبرى عن حجمها التمثيلي في السلطة وفي الدولة وفي الشارع أيضاً. لكنّ الحركة، كما التيار وتيار «المردة» وغيرهما من قوى وشخصيات، إنما يصعّبون الأمر على المقاومة في كل ما يطالبون به. فيما يرفض معظمهم القيام بأي مراجعة أو نقد ذاتي، أو حتى محاولة تشخيص المشكلة، من أجل توزيع عادل للمسؤوليات عن المشكلات القائمة. الأسهل لهؤلاء، جميعاً، رمي كرة النار في حضن حزب الله وإحراجه لإلزامه بخطوات تهدف إلى تحسين وضع كل فريق على حساب الآخرين.

لا يمكن لعاقل فصل قراءة حزب الله للأحداث الداخلية عن المعركة الكبرى. لكنّ أخطاء كثيرة وقعت تستدعي لفت انتباه الحزب إلى أن هناك خللاً ما في إدارة الملفات الداخلية. وهو خلل يتطلّب المراجعة الأهم. كما يتطلّب – ولو أننا جميعاً تحت الضغط – إعادة النظر في مقاربة الملفات. ويمكن الافتراض أن هناك حاجة إلى ابتداع آليات عمل تتيح الوصول إلى نتائج أفضل.

اليوم، ما يقوله نبيه بري أو جبران باسيل أو سليمان فرنجية أو آخرون من حلفاء المقاومة، هو أنهم هم من يجيدون إدارة الملف الداخلي بصورة أفضل. يُكثر هؤلاء من تكرار لازمة «لتترك لنا المقاومة الملف الداخلي ولتتفرّغ هي فقط لحماية المقاومة». ويتجاهلون أن المقاومة فعلت ذلك منذ ثلاثة عقود، والحصيلة كانت خسائر تلو الخسائر. كما يتجاهلون أن نظرتهم إلى الملفات الداخلية ليست واقعية، وأن المقاربات غير علمية، وأن الحسابات ضيّقة وفئوية، وأن طريقة إدارة المؤسسات والسلطات خلال ثلاثة عقود لم تنتج سوى الفشل.

عملياً، عندما يجري التوجه إلى حزب الله لإعادة النظر، إنما يُقصد بذلك رسم إطار جديد للتحالفات، ومطالبة الحلفاء – الأقربين منهم والأبعدين – بتغيير حقيقي. وهذا يقتضي أن يعالج الحزب مسألة الانتخابات النيابية مبكراً، عبر إعلان برنامج سياسي وخطة تحالفات وترشيحات تقطع مع الماضي، وأن يفرض (نعم يفرض)، على الآخرين، سياسات ومقاربات جديدة، وأن المهم ليس فقط الوقوف عند خاطر حلفاء هم حاجة للمقاومة اليوم، بل عند خاطر كتل من الناس غادروا مربّعات الحلفاء، وبعضهم تائه تتصيّده أدوات المحور الأميركي المهتمّ بالمعركة الكبرى.

غير ذلك، سنبقى نحصد خسائر نحن في غنى عنها، وليس آخرها كيفية مقاطعة الحكومة ثم قرار العودة إليها!

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Yemen to UNSC: Seized UAE-flagged Ship Was Carrying ‘Weapons’ Not Toys!

January 16, 2022 

By Staff, Agencies

A senior Yemeni official dismissed the United Nations Security Council [UNSC]’s call for the immediate release of an Emirati-flagged vessel, stressing that the ship was carrying various munitions and military equipment when it was seized in Yemen’s territorial waters earlier this month.

“The Rwabee was neither loaded with dates nor children’s toys. It was rather carrying weapons destined for extremist groups who jeopardize the lives of ordinary citizens,” Hussein al-Azi, deputy foreign minister in Yemen’s National Salvation Government, said in a series of tweets published on his Twitter account.

On Friday, the 15-member Security Council “demanded the immediate release of the vessel and its crew and “underscored the necessity of ensuring the crew’s safety and well-being.”

The Council highlighted “the importance of freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea” and urged “all parties to de-escalate the situation in Yemen,” including by working with the UN’s special envoy to return to the negotiating table.

Azi said the Rwabee belongs to a country involved in the devastating Saudi war on the Yemeni nation, highlighting that the vessel trespassed into Yemen’s territorial waters in contravention of international law.

The senior Yemeni official emphasized that financial considerations have eclipsed the Security Council’s statement, stating it actually has nothing to do with moral principles and maritime safety.

He expressed regret that the UN body is misleading the world public opinion, and is outrageously demonstrating solidarity with killer regimes and violators of international law.

“Even though Yemeni naval forces could rightfully target the hostile Rwabee ship, they opted not to do so. It is very important to respect Yemen’s sovereignty and not to violate its territorial waters,” Azi pointed out.

On January 3, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces said the country’s naval troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, had managed to seize a UAE-flagged vessel off the port of Hudaydah as it was carrying military equipment and engaging in hostile acts.

Brigadier General Yehya Saree stated that the Yemeni forces and their allies captured the vessel after it trespassed into Yemen’s territorial waters and was acting against the security and stability of the country.

Saree added that the ship was loaded with various munitions and was seized off the coast of Yemen’s strategic western province of Hudaydah.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Yemeni Resistance Hits UAE-backed Militants, Daesh in Combined Missile, Drone Op

January 14 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni Army and its allied Popular Committees stage a combined missile and drone operation targeting United Arab Emirates-backed militants and Daesh [Arabic for ‘ISIS/ISIL’] terrorists in the southern province of Shabwah.

The joint forces staged the operation on Thursday as the Emirati-backed militias were nearing the province’s Ain District, Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree unveiled.

“UAE mercenaries were targeted accurately,” Saree said, adding that “large numbers of the mercenaries were killed and injured in the joint operation.”

No earlier than on Wednesday, the allied defense forces pushed successfully back against the Abu Dhabi’s loyalists and Daesh terrorists, liberating hundreds of square kilometers of land in the province.

Announcing the victory, Saree said the Wednesday operation killed more than 515 militants and Daesh terrorists, including high-profile militant commanders, while over 850 others were wounded.

Shabwah lies directly south of the strategic Marib Province, where the Yemeni forces have likewise been making great advances and are on the verge of liberating the provincial capital.

Since March 2015, the UAE has been acting as the main ally of Saudi Arabia in a Riyadh-led war on the impoverished country.

The invading coalition has been seeking to restore power in Yemen to the country’s former Saudi-backed government.

It has stopped short of the goal, while killing tens of thousands of Yemenis in the process and turning the entire Yemen into the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Yemenis See U-15 Football Victory Over Saudi Arabia as Sign of Things To Come

January 13th, 2022

by Ahmed Abdulkareem


The repercussions of Yemen’s 2021 victories against Saudi Arabia, from the battlefield to the football field, may offer hope to Yemenis that a change may be on the horizon, but have seemingly pumped Saudi Arabia into a violent frenzy.

SANA’A, YEMEN – As the Saudi war against Yemen enters 2022, Yemenis seem more determined than ever to hold victory ceremonies and forge ahead into another year of struggle against the Saudi onslaught – notwithstanding a new scorched-earth campaign launched by the oil-rich kingdom, dubbed Operation Happy Yemen Freedom. “As we did before, surely nothing will prevent us from achieving more victories during 2022, until the eventual liberation of all our homeland,” a fresh-faced teenager said during a sporting event at Althawra Sports City Stadium in Sana’a, where damaged stands could be seen, the result of a recent airstrike.

At the start of each new year, public celebrations take place around the world. In Yemen however, the start of 2022 was different. On Wednesday, the Yemeni U-15 football team returned home from Saudi Arabia. Despite the nearly seven years of war that has disabled nearly all aspects of life in their country, including sports, the young boys were crowned the West Asian Football Federation Champions on December 13. The achievement sparked widespread jubilation among Yemenis not seen in many years.

The victory had great symbolism, not only because the win in the regional football tournament was the first in the country’s history, but because a Yemeni team defeated its Saudi host 4-3 as the Saudi regime waged a brutal U.S.-backed war back home. “It was not just an athletic victory, but rather a clear symbolic victory against a regime that turned beautiful things in our life, like football, into hell,” Abdo Ali Al-Edresi, runner-up for the Asian Junior Championship in 2003 said of the win.

Upon their arrival home to their blockaded country, the Yemeni youth football team received a hero’s welcome for an entire week, cheered on by thousands who lined the streets in Aden, Lahj, IBB, Marib, and other cities. In Sana’a, thousands lined the streets on Wednesday as the national football team made its way through the crowds in an open-top truck before the formal homage that awaited them at the Althawra Sports City Stadium.

The celebration was held despite fears that it could be the target of a Saudi attack after Saudi Arabia threatened to bomb the stadium in the wake of the Championship loss, claiming the Houthis were using it to store weapons. The Houthis denied the claim and invited a team of international observers to inspect the stadium in order to verify it was free of weapons. “These boys have given us hope that more victories can be achieved in the future,” one fan said as he lay on his dorm bed at the University of Science and Technology in southern Sana’a. He had been wounded by a falling bullet from his own gun as he fired into the air during the celebrations.

A beautifully bloodless victory

The victory not only united Yemeni sports fans but also had very real political repercussions. In southern Yemen, where the war has left much of the population divided and quarreling amongst themselves amid the collapse of the economy and the lack of security and basic services, thousands took to the streets carrying the Yemeni flag and unleashing chants against Saudi Arabia.

Others, including local Saudi allies, held modest ceremonies and gave gifts to their own youth football leagues, hoping that the recent victory against Saudi Arabia would ignite new fervor among their own players.

In the north, where Yemeni forces are making substantial gains in pushing back Saudi troops, thousands rushed the streets. Fireworks and gunfire peppered the skies as the masses took to the streets in celebration. One hundred and twenty people were injured and five were killed by falling bullets just seconds after word of the victory spread and hundreds began firing into the air in celebration.

In the world of sports, raucous celebrations may be the norm following major international championships and home-team wins, but in war-afflicted Yemen – where millions struggle against the blockade, epidemics, starvation, and diseases – the victory not only has a clear moral and political symbolism, it also represents the culmination of a series of battlefield victories that Yemenis achieved in 2021 and sums up the mood of many who hope those victories will last in 2022.

“In our stadiums, bombs not only fall from the sky, but a ball rolls between players as fans wrought by devastation cheer,” Abdo Al-Edresi said. Al-Edresi was the star and captain of the Junior National Team that reached the 2003 World Cup Finals in Finland, the golden age of Yemeni football. He also is a survivor of a fierce battle that took place in the Al-Oz area in Hodeida, where his brother, a player in the Sana’a Shab Football Club, was killed. Like thousands of Yemeni athletes who play in partially-destroyed sports facilities, sometimes under bombardment, he never gives up. ”We are not just steadfast, but achieve victory whatever the reality may be. And we are going on,” he said.

Yemen West Asian Junior Championships
Yemenis gather to watch the final of West Asian Junior Championships between Yemen and Saudi Arabia via a screen in Sanaa. Hani Mohammed | AP

The U-15 team’s victory was achieved despite the tragic state of sports in the country. The team had neither financial support nor opportunity to attend the expensive specialized training given to the Saudi team. The team comes from a country devastated by war, where sports infrastructure has been destroyed and athletes struggle to find work. Wadhah Radfani, U-15’s famed goalkeeper whom many credit for the team’s victory, was recently detained by Saudi-backed militants. At least 129 athletes have been killed and hundreds injured in Saudi airstrikes and on Yemen’s battlefields. More than 108 Yemeni sports facilities have been destroyed by Western weapons dropped from Saudi warplanes, according to a report issued by the Projects Sector of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The ministry estimated the material loss at $1 billion, reporting that, among other targets, 7 major sports stadiums, 13 regional stadiums, 23 gyms, 9 youth hostels, 21 administrative headquarters, 6 sports headquarters, and 12 local stadiums have been destroyed in Saudi attacks.

Off the pitch, a violent frenzy

The repercussions of Yemen’s 2021 victories against Saudi Arabia, from the battlefield to the football field, may offer hope to Yemenis that a change may be on the horizon but have seemingly pumped Saudi Arabia into a violent frenzy. As the new year dawned, the oil-rich kingdom backed by Western governments launched a large-scale attack on Yemen, dropping thousands of tons of American and European-made weapons on dozens of populated areas. Civilian infrastructure, including sports facilities, was left in ruins following the onslaught, which killed scores of civilians, including many women and children. The Saudi-led Coalition’s framing of Operation Happy Yemen Freedom as not a war but “an effort to spur Yemen into development and prosperity,” has few Yemenis convinced.

In Sana’a, home to more than four million people packed into a densely-populated metropolitan area, the Saudis forge on with the scorched earth campaign they began in earnest in December, when they launched operation ”Golden Bow.” The onset of Golden Bow was, perhaps coincidentally, simultaneous with U-15’s victory in the final qualifiers of the West Asian Junior Championships. In Saada, the municipal water tank was targeted by Saudi-Coalition bombs on Tuesday, depriving 130,000 of the city’s residents of much-needed clean water.

The scenes of the destruction of family homes, vital infrastructure, factories, and water stations, which became famous across the world when Saudi Arabia launched its war in 2015, still plague Yemen in 2022. Heart-breaking scenes of the bodies of children being pulled from the rubble of their bombed-out homes and the bloodstained survivors on hospital beds are still prominent features on local nightly news reports.

Fabrication and retreat

Saudi Arabia says that its deadly air campaign “against military sites and stores of ballistic missiles” and drones must continue, claiming that the airstrikes are in accordance with international law.

In a press conference on Saturday, Turki al-Maliki, the official spokesperson of the Saudi-led Coalition, presented journalists a clip from a documentary about the U.S. invasion of Iraq claiming that it was footage of Houthi weapons and using it to justify airstrikes on Yemen’s strategic port of Hodeida.

Al-Maliki presented the clip as unequivocal evidence. “This is in a specific location, inside Hodeida port, which is composed of workshops of ballistic missiles, which are then transported out of the port,” he said, going on to claim that the location could not be revealed “at this time.” But the clip that al-Maliki showed journalists came from the documentary “Severe Clear,” about a U.S. Marine’s advance on Baghdad during the 2003 U.S. invasion. The footage that al-Maliki displayed as evidence of Houthi missiles can be seen in the documentary at the 01:09:25 mark.

This blunder is not without precedent. On December 26, al-Maliki presented another fabricated clip as a piece of evidence to prove that Hezbollah was active in Yemen. Critics quickly pounced on the Saudi regime, asserting that the footage was fabricated.

“Whatever the intensity of the bombing or the American and Western collusion with Riyadh, we will not back down,” the fresh-faced teenager at Althawra Sports City Stadium concluded. And indeed, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi not only suffered massive losses on the ground in 2021 – despite the significant backing of the most powerful countries on earth – but the Yemeni Army led by Ansar Allah – along with tribes in al-Mahrah, Hadramout, Shabwa, and Aden – have steadily advanced militarily, politically, socially and economically despite what may be the single largest military operation ever undertaken on the Arabian Peninsula. Now, in 2022, neither Sana’a nor Sadaa and Hodeida have fallen to the Saudi Coalition. Yemenis are far from deterred from achieving victory and even celebrate despite the horrors to which they are subjected. Ansar Allah, or the “Houthis,” have not fallen back to the mountains, as resistance movements often do in asymmetric wars. Instead, the Yemeni forces led by Ansar Allah are still steadily gaining ground. On December 29, they captured the al-Yatama area in al-Jawf, which shares a border with Najran, Saudi Arabia. The victory removes a major barrier to Ansar Allah’s advancement into southern Saudi Arabia, perhaps a telling indication of what may come in 2022.

Saudi Warplanes Step Up Bombing Of Various Yemeni Residential Areas

Jan 09 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Saudi Arabia has upped the ante in the war on Yemen by conducting a new round of airstrikes against various areas across the war-wracked Arab country, as Riyadh and its regional allies press ahead with their devastating war and brutal siege against the Yemeni nation.

Saudi warplanes carried out four air raids against the outskirts of the northwestern Yemeni city of Saada early on Saturday, Yemen’s al-Masirah network reported.

Initial reports suggested that a civilian was martyred and a woman sustained injuries in the strikes.

Hours earlier, Saudi fighter jets had launched 45 airstrikes against different areas in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwah.

Al-Masirah TV reported that the aerial assaults hit Usaylan, Bayhan and Ain districts. There were no immediate reports of casualties or extent of damage.

Saudi aircraft also bombarded al-Balaq area in the Wadi Ubaidah district of Yemen’s oil-producing central province of Marib, some 175 kilometers east of the capital, Sanaa, on 16 occasions, though no reports about possible casualties were soon available.

Three other aerial assaults targeted al-Jubah and Sirwah districts in the same Yemeni province.

Saudi warplanes also conducted seven airstrikes against an area in the Abs district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

Saudi military aircraft launched two air raids against the Khabb wa ash Sha’af district in the northern Yemeni province of Jawf as well. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Prevents Another Fuel Ship from Docking at Yemen Port

Jan 06 2022

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The Saudi-led coalition waging war against Yemen has banned a new ship carrying fuel and heading for the strategic Yemeni port city of Hudaidah from docking, amid crippling fuel shortage in the country.

The Yemen Petroleum Company [YPC] announced on Wednesday that the coalition seized a fuel ship named “Splendour Sapphire” belonging to private sector factories in international waters, although it had been inspected and received UN clearance.

According to the YPC, the vessel, which was carrying 24,189 tons of mazut, was forcibly transferred to Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan.

Essam al-Mutawakel, a spokesman for the YPC, said in a tweet on Wednesday that the latest incident brings to five the number of ships seized by the coalition.

Last year, Yemen’s Minister of Oil and Minerals Ahmad Abdullah Dares warned that the Saudi seizure of ships carrying petroleum products could lead to the suspension of the service sectors and cause “a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies – including the United Arab Emirates [UAE] – launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015.

The war was launched to eliminate Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and reinstall former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

The war, accompanied by a tight siege, has failed to reach its goals, but it has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people.

As part of its economic war, the Saudi-led coalition has imposed an economic siege on Yemen, preventing fuel shipments from reaching the country, while looting the impoverished nation’s resources.

The UN says more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger. The world body also refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

On Monday, Yemen’s armed forces announced the seizure of an intruding UAE-flagged ship carrying a large amount of military equipment to be used against the Yemeni people.

Two years later: nothing has changed in West Asia

January 05, 2022

By Aram Mirzaei

It has been two years since the murders of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis at Baghdad airport. A lot has happened since then, but nothing has changed in the region. Still the same US occupation of Syria, and regular Israeli airstrikes on Syria. Still the same threats of “pre-emptive” attacks on Iran, still talks of US sanctioning this and that person in Iran. Still there’s a war of terror going on against the Yemeni people.

For the second anniversary of the assassinations, many authors have praised and remembered the martyred General’s achievements in life, but it is also important to remember his achievements in death.

The cowardly killings of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis and its aftermath at the Ain-al Assad military base marked a massive signal in terms of how Washington viewed the Islamic Republic. Previous US administrations, while just as arrogant and self-worshipping as any other US administrations, wouldn’t have dared to kill these men no matter what the Zionist regime wanted. It was just too much of a risk for them to make such a stupid move. The Trump administration however, believed that the Islamic Republic wouldn’t, or didn’t have the strength to respond to such a heinous act of terror. This is also why Trump wanted to assure himself that such was the case when he posted those bizarre tweets where he threatened to destroy cultural heritage sites in Iran.
Well as everybody knows by now, when Iran responded and practically destroyed the Ain al-Assad base, he didn’t follow up on his threats.

Instead he doubled down on his “maximum pressure” campaign, in the hopes of forcing Iran back to the negotiations table to negotiate a new deal, one which includes the Islamic Republic’s missile arsenal. This takes us to where we are today. A new administration is in charge of the White House, and nobody could seriously say that they are surprised that the policy of maximum pressure towards the Islamic Republic has remained, with new audacious demands and accusations towards Tehran.

Ayatollah Khamenei once said “America is America, this or that person or party doesn’t matter. Any president assuming power over there will not do us any good, they’ll only find other ways to antagonize us.”

Washington and its vassals are currently trying to push Tehran in Vienna, to accept a new JCPOA deal. As Tehran has shown that it won’t negotiate anything more than the original JCPOA deal and won’t accept anything less than full sanctions removal, Washington and Tel Aviv have threatened to use “other options”. These “other options” threats are getting old, they’ve repeated these same threats over the past two decades and yet they’ve done nothing.

Washington is afraid, and everybody knows this. Our side knows this, the Russians know this, the Chinese know this, but most importantly, Washington’s allies know this. Even the average person who doesn’t follow world events too much is becoming aware of this.

In West Asia, the Resistance Axis poses a serious threat to Anglo-Zionist hegemony yet they do not dare to attack the Islamic Republic, the main pillar of the Resistance Axis. Both Washington and Tel Aviv have continuously threatened Tehran with airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear sites, yet none of them have ever followed through with their empty threats. The fact that Washington seeks to include the Iranian missile arsenal into a new JCPOA deal, together with their empty threats, shows that their side is worried and fearful of the Islamic Republic’s growing might. And frankly, why shouldn’t they be?

The Resistance Axis hasn’t been weakened by the deaths of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis as some western “think tank” analysts believed or rather had hoped for, just as the Resistance Axis wasn’t weakened by the wars in Iraq and Syria. Aside from direct military aggression, every possible conspiracy imaginable have been directed towards the Resistance front. Most people don’t know that the Islamic Revolution in Iran, contrary to what many people believe to be Shiite-inspired, actually drew inspiration from many different Islamic thinkers from different sects over the past 1400 years. Such a pan-Islamic ideology posed a great threat to the US and Israeli plans for the region. So, the Anglo-Zionist side had to do something to create sedition and division among Muslims by using Takfiri extremists to present the Islamic Revolution as a Shiite revolution and create a sectarian war mainly between Arabs and Iranians.

Despite their best attempts to destroy and weaken the Resistance front, the Zionist regime is ever more threatened by Hezbollah’s power, the US hegemony in the region is in decline, as evidenced by their shameful withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Gulf client states are having more trouble containing the revolutionary Yemeni forces than ever. Today, the Resistance front enjoys widespread support among both Muslims and Christians in West Asia as we saw how people from all sects and movements came out to condemn and commemorate the slain Martyrs. Even the Taliban held a commemoration in General Soleimani’s honour.

Where the Arab nationalists had previously failed, the Islamic Republic succeeded in transcending not only ethnic, but also sectarian and ideological differences and grievances in the region and the Islamic world. Through a pragmatic approach, it has managed to secure its own survival and build a powerful alliance across the region that now truly threatens the Zionist regime.

Of course, the fight is far from over, the Zionists and their American tools still maintain a large presence in the region and I don’t expect them to admit defeat anytime soon either. In fact, they’re already hatching new plots against the Resistance front. One example is the continuation of the so called “normalization’ deals with Israel from the Trump administration’s era, which Biden’s administration is currently pushing hard for.

Recently, a high-ranking official at the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs was quoted as saying that “Israel is working behind the scenes towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia”. US media outlet Axios first reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden “is trying to build on the Trump-era Abraham Accords, and in this case, looking beyond the Middle East to the largest of the countries that don’t recognize Israel.”

These “normalization” deals serve several purposes. One purpose is to restore the damaged Israeli image in the world. More and more people are recognizing “Israel” for what it is- an apartheid state engaged in terrorism and oppression against not only Palestinians, but the entire region, and dare I say, the world. Another purpose is to isolate the Resistance front by formally and officially announcing these deals as “big steps towards peace”, leaving anyone who refuses to “normalize” relations with Israel being labelled as terrorists or “radical Islamists” in the eyes of the “international community”. A third purpose is for Washington and Tel Aviv to unite all its vassals against the Resistance front. When the UAE and Bahrain shamefully announced their respective deals with the Zionist regime, they also “officially” joined the “unofficial alliance” against Iran and its allies. This wasn’t news for the observer who already has some insight into West Asian geopolitics and knows about the long history of hostility between the Persian Gulf states and Iran, but in terms of symbolism, it shows that for whatever reason, be it as a sign of strength or a reaction against the strengthening of China-Russia-Iran ties, the enemy’s vassals are ready to fully reveal themselves openly now.

In their dream of besieging Iran, Washington moved away from invading and occupying neighbouring countries, seeing as how they failed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and after having seen how sanctions failed to break the Resistance front. Instead, Washington is trying to politically besiege the Islamic Republic in a new way. Just like before, this too shall fail. Since Washington doesn’t give a damn about the people of the Islamic world, they cannot comprehend that their treacherous vassal regimes are highly unpopular among the Muslim population.

No matter how much the Western media attempts to hide and suppress the public outrage and protests going on in countries like Bahrain and Sudan, the reality is that most of these treacherous vassal regimes in the region are completely dependent on US support for survival. Normalizing relations with the apartheid state, will only hasten their inevitable downfall because of the simple fact that if they join Israel and the US in an eventual war with the Resistance front, they will quite simply be destroyed. Seeing as how the Saudis and the other Gulf vassals cannot contain the Houthi forces in Yemen, despite massive support from the West, Takfiri terrorist forces and mercenaries on the ground and the air superiority that they enjoy, it is not a far stretch to imagine virtually all of Saudi Arabia ending up in flames if Riyadh decides to wage war on the Islamic Republic.

Washington has not achieved anything in the region through the killings of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis and nothing has changed. By committing this grave mistake, the US has made their shameful exit from the entire region an inevitable fact. They thought they could isolate and besiege the Islamic Republic, but fate has a way of being ironic. Instead of besieging Iran, the Iranians besieged them in the region.

I finish this piece with a quote from the Islamic Revolution: “From the blood of the martyrs, victory will grow”

Brigadier General Saree illustrates 2021 Yemen achievements العميد سريع يستعرض حصاد 2021: تحوّل إلى العمليات الهجومية النوعية

Jan 3 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net

Yemeni Armed Forces spokesperson Yahya Saree reviews the achievements of Yemeni military operations during 2021. He says that the coming years will be the years of “liberation and victory.”

Brigadier General Yahya Saree (Archive)

The spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, confirmed that the operations of the army and the popular committees led to the liberation of large areas estimated at 12,250 square kilometers during the year 2021. He spoke of a shift to the qualitative offensive operations that led to the liberation of large areas.

“The armed forces have strengthened its military standpoint within a comprehensive strategy,” Saree said in a press conference to present the achievements of military operations during 2021. He added that “there was a shift to qualitative offensive operations that led to the liberation of large areas.”

Saree pointed out that “the enemy’s offensive attempts did not halt, using its Yemeni and foreign mercenaries.” He added that the number of raids launched by the Saudi coalition against Yemen “has reached 7,100 raids during 2021, resulting in martyrs and wounded.”

The spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces noted that it carried out 194 offensive operations during 2021 in response to the aggression, adding that the total operations of the ground forces during the past year amounted to 40,126 operations. Saree announced that the operations of the Yemeni Army and the popular committees “led to the liberation of large areas estimated at 12 thousand square kilometers.”

Saree explained that “the areas that were liberated were in the governorates of Marib, Al-Jawf, Al-Bayda, Al-Hudaydah, and Shabwa.” He indicated that these operations led to the death and injury of more “than 1,527 enemy forces and the destruction of 276 vehicles and armored vehicles.”

He stated that the number of sniping operations reached 13,191 operations, while the air defense forces carried out 1,025 interception  operations and 22 operations that involved shooting down enemy planes, adding that “six Chinese-made CH-4 drones belonging to the Saudi Air Force were shot down.”

Saree added, “We shot down 12 US-made Scan Eagle and two Emirati-operated Wing Long 2 drones.”

He pointed out that the total number of the missile force operations amounted to 440, including 100 targeting of enemy grouping outside Yemen. He added that the drone air force carried out 4,497 operations, including 4,116 reconnaissance.

A map published by the Yemeni moral guidance department showing progress made in 2021, liberated areas are highlighted in green.

The Sudanese authorities are careless about the blood of their soldiers

The spokesperson said that the joint operations room between the missile force and the drone air force carried out 4 operations to restore “the balance of deterrence.” Saree stated that these operations led to “the death and injury of 394 Saudi soldiers and officers, including 160 dead and 234 wounded, in addition to the death and injury of 745 Sudanese mercenaries.”

He added, “The Sudanese authorities, who sold their troops in exchange for money care not about their ‘soldiers’ blood.'”

The spokesperson for the Yemeni armed forces indicated that “more than 24,000 people were killed or injured among the local mercenaries, including 9,892 dead,” stressing that “the armed forces call on all those who fight in the enemy’s ranks or work with them to return to the path of righteousness.”

Saree announced that the armed forces “succeeded in destroying and damaging 1,749 vehicles, armored vehicles, and personnel carriers.”

He saluted the tribes which he described as “loyal to their principles and adhering to their customs by rejecting the occupation.” He stressed that “the armed forces, along with the people of faith and wisdom, are continuing to perform their tasks and duties until freedom.”

Saree stressed that “the fate of the coalition of aggression is the fate of all invaders on the land of the invaders’ cemetery [Yemen],” adding that “victory will be the ally of the Yemeni people.”

The spokesperson for the Yemeni armed forces promised that “the coming years will be the years of liberation and victory.”

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المصدر: الميادين نت

الناطق باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية يحيى سريع يستعرض حصاد العمليات العسكية خلال عام 2021. ويقول إن “الأعوام المقبلة ستكون أعوام التحرير والانتصار”.

  • حصاد العمليات العسكرية خلال عام 2021 في اليمن.

أكد المتحدث باسم القوات اليمنية العميد يحيى سريع أنّ عمليات الجيش واللجان الشعبية أدت خلال العام 2021 إلى تحرير مناطق واسعة تقدَّر بـ12 ألف كيلومتر مربع. وتحدّث عن تحوّل إلى العمليات الهجومية النوعية  التي أدتْ إلى تحرير مناطق واسعة.

وقال سريع، في مؤتمر صحافي لعرض حصاد العمليات العسكرية خلال عام 2021، إن “القوات المسلحة عززت موقفها العسكري الميداني ضمن استراتيجية شاملة”، مضيفاً أنه ” تم التحوّل إلى العمليات الهجومية النوعية التي أدت إلى تحرير مناطق واسعة”.

وأشار سريع إلى أن “المحاولات الهجومية للعدو لم تتوقف، وذلك من خلال مرتزقته اليمنيين والأجانب”، مضيفاً أن عدد الغارات التي شنّها التحالف السعودي ضد اليمن “بلغت 7100 غارة خلال عام 2021، أدت إلى وقوع شهداء وجرحى”.

وأشار الناطق باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية أنهم “نفّذوا 194 عملية هجومية نوعية خلال عام 2021 رداً على العدوان، وبلغ مجموع عمليات القوات البرية خلال العام الماضي 40126 عملية”، مضيفاً أن عمليات الجيش واللجان الشعبية “أدت إلى تحرير مناطق واسعة تقدر بـ 12 ألف كلم مربع”.

وأوضح سريع أن “المناطق المحررة توزعت في محافظات مأرب والجوف والبيضاء والحديدة وشبوة”. وبيّن أن “هذه العمليات أدت إلى مقتل وإصابة أكثر من 1527 من قوات العدو وتدمير 276 آلية ومدرعة”.

وصرح بأن “عدد عمليات وحدة القناصة بلغ 13191 عملية، بينما نفّذت قوات الدفاع الجوي 1025 عملية تصدّ وإجبار على المغادرة و22 عملية إسقاط”، مضيفاً أنه ” تم إسقاط 6 طائرات من طراز “سي أتش 4″ صينية الصنع تابعة لسلاح الجو السعودي”.

وأضاف سريع: “أسقطنا 12 طائرة من طراز “سكان إيغل” السعودية وطائرتين “وينغ لونغ 2″ إماراتية”.

وأشار إلى أن “مجموع عمليات القوة الصاروخية بلغ 440 عملية، بينها 100 استهدفت تجمعات خارج اليمن”، مضيفاً أن سلاح الجو المسيّر “نفّذ  4497 عملية، منها 4116 عملية استطلاعية”.

السلطات السودانية لا تلقي بالاً لدماء جنودها

وقال المتحدث  إن “العمليات المشتركة بين الصاروخية وسلاح الجو المسيّر نفّذت 4 عمليات توازن ردع”، وأدت إلى “مقتل وإصابة 394 جندياً وضابطاً سعودياً بينهم 160 قتيلاً و234 مصاباً، إضافة إلى مقتل وإصابة 745 من المرتزقة السودانيين”.

وأضاف أن “السلطات السودانية التي تسلمت ثمن زج قواتها في العدوان لا تلقي بالاً لدماء جنودها”.

وأشار المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية إلى أن “أكثر من 24 ألفاً بين قتيل ومصاب في صفوف المرتزقة المحليين بينهم 9892 قتيلاً”، مؤكداً أن”القوات المسلحة تدعو كل من يقاتل في صفوف العدو أو يعمل معه للعودة إلى جادة الصواب”.

وقال سريع إن القوات المسلحة “نجحت في تدمير وإعطاب 1749 آلية ومدرعة وناقلة جند”.

وإذ حيّا “القبائل الوفية لمبادئها المتمسكة بعاداتها الرافضة للاحتلال”، شدّد على أن “القوات المسلحة ومعها شعب الإيمان والحكمة ماضية في أداء مهامها وواجباتها حتى الحرية”.

وأكد سريع  أن “مصير تحالف العدوان هو مصير كل الغزاة على أرض مقبرة الغزاة، والنصر سيكون حليف الشعب اليمني”.

وقال المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية إنه “في الأعوام السابقة كنا أمام الصمود والثبات، والأعوام المقبلة ستكون أعوام التحرير والانتصار”

Yemeni Army seizes control of 5 border camps

31 Dec 2021

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen Net

Al Mayadeen correspondent reports that 20 UAE-backed Giants Brigades members were killed and many others were injured as a result of missile strikes.

20 members of the UAE-backed Giants Brigades were killed

The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees had seized control of all 5 Hadi Forces border camps at Al-Yatama area, the administrative center of the Khub Washaaf District, which shares borders with Najran, Saudi Arabia.

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported that 20 members of the UAE-backed Giants Brigades were killed and many were injured as a result of a missile attack on Khammuma camp in the lower Markha District, northwest of Shabwa Governorate in the country’s east.

Our reporter added that “the Giants’ forces had sent large military reinforcements to Shabwa governorate to redeploy there, claiming to regain control of the strategic districts of Baihan, Ain, and Usaylan from the grip of the Yemeni armed forces.”

“During the past hours, Saudi coalition fighter jets launched more than 10 raids on Usaylan and Baihan districts to back the Emirati-backed Giants Brigades,” he concluded.

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported on Tuesday a violent explosion that took place in the airport of Ataq, the capital of Shabwah Governorate, eastern Yemen.

The correspondent confirmed that the explosion happened hours after the arrival of the UAE-backed Giants Brigades to the airport controlled by Al-Islah party forces.

UAE-backed Giants Brigades arrived in Shabwa Governorate only 3 days after President Hadi dismissed the governor, affiliated with the  Al-Islah party, Muhammad bin Adyo, and appointed Awad Al-Awlaqi, affiliated with the Transitional Council, in his place.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced that operation Fajer Al Sahra (Desert Dawn) liberated a total area estimated at ​​more than 1,200 square kilometers.

He revealed that the operation inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi-led coalition, including 35 deaths and 45 prisoners, and damaged 15 vehicles, noting that the air defense units shot down a US-made ScanEagle spy plane during Al-Yatama Battle.

Saree underlined that the aggression is circulating lies with the aim of dividing Yemenis using sectarian slogans, stressing that Al-Jawf tribes actively participated in the Fajer Al Sahra operation.

2021 Roundup: How did Yemen defeat the Saudi coalition?

December 31 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ali Jezzini

Since the 2014 Yemeni revolution, Yemenis have not only proven a great resilience in confronting US-backed Saudi aggression against their homeland, but also revealed a combat strategy like no other.

The Yemeni mountains, with their difficult topography, the social composition of their people, and their solid beliefs, constitute one of the few places in this world that are resistant to the invasion of foreign states and empires states.

Such Traits can also be attributed to the mountains of Afghanistan. In both of these cases, the country’s political capital sometimes fell, as Kabul came under British control for a brief period in the wars of the British Empire, as well as the last NATO war in Afghanistan. The same goes for Sanaa, which was resistant to two Ottoman invasions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Ottoman forces did not enter the capital until the day dispute arose between its notables; the ottoman attempt took place in the nineteenth century. 

In both the Ottoman and English invasions, when the urban elite conceded, the tribes would just return to their rugged mountains, as if nothing had happened only to revolt after several decades over the established rule. This is what defines a rebellion movement.

What is fundamentally different in the ongoing war on Yemen is that we are not dealing here with a “rebellion” or a “resistance movement” in the academic sense; neither Sanaa has fallen, nor a number of strategic cities in Yemen did. The city of Al-Hodeidah, which is situated in the middle of the western coastal plain of Yemen, did not fall to the Saudi coalition despite being subjected to all kinds of air and artillery bombardment, and its “rebels” did not have to fall back to the mountains, as resistance movements do in asymmetric wars. 

Since 2014, every attempt to occupy the capital, Sanaa, ended in a humiliating defeat for the Saudi coalition forces. Hence, the Sanaa forces show an exceptional capability in holding the acquired land.

A significant factor is also the ability of the Yemeni armed forces and Ansar Allah to fight similar types of pitched battles, in which the weaker party does not just strike and flee, but is committed to preserving the land and achieving progress at other times, in a predetermined battlefield.

The Yemeni revolution also emerged from what we can call the ‘Maoist style’ of resistance, and in fact, it enjoys broad popular support without a doubt, but it does not use this popular, civilian environment in hostilities directly but rather wages battles using conventional tactics. It includes hit and run, as well as harassment and ambushes, but still, we find the exact opposite of a regular insurgency or a rebellion in Yemen. The deterrence imposed by Yemen on the coalition of aggression is closer to be a conventional deterrence, rather than the actions of irregular movements. In a simpler sense, usually in the early stages of a revolution, rebels usually have weak capabilities, so they pull benefit from the aggression of the stronger party against civilians as a means to attract the latter to their cause.

In Yemen, the situation is quite different. The Yemeni revolution has a very high popular embrace, and while there is no doubt that these attacks constitute a factor of attraction for the Yemeni society towards the ongoing revolution, but the deterrence equation imposed by the Yemeni armed forces, seems to be aimed primarily at protecting the Yemeni people first, then the infrastructure and institutions of Yemen.

2019 Operation Victory from God 

The operation Victory from God carried out by Sanaa forces can constitute a clear example of this type of warfare. The proximity of the operation to the Saudi-Yemeni international borders did not prevent the Yemenis from deluding the Saudi coalition forces and their mercenary brigades by fainting a tactical retreat from the area. Subsequently, the Saudis and their allies chased the retreating forces just to fall into a trap in Jbara valley, where the advancing forces were attacked by Yemeni forces from both flanks in a pincer movement. The operation culminated in the total destruction of several infantry brigades. In the process, hundreds of vehicles were destroyed or damaged, their burning columns appeared in the videos published by the Yemeni military media. 

Map showing various phases of the 2019 Operation Victory from God (Credits:

Operations of this complexity and magnitude, not only require a physical presence of forces of a certain size but also require a high level of coordination and professionalism in moving military units and battalions, as well as a high ability to conceal these forces from the eyes of the enemy reconnaissance and intelligence. All these military actions are taking place under the uncontested air control of the US-Saudi coalition.

As it is quite difficult for inexperienced, or guerrilla organizations, to accomplish such combat maneuvers, Ansar Allah and the Yemeni armed forces show a clear superiority over the regular and modern Saudi forces, as they define themselves. Another aspect of the equation is the imposition of deterrence equations on the Saudi coalition, in case civilians or infrastructures structure of the Yemeni state and committed massacres, a balanced response is due. 

Destroyed Saudi LAV-25 after the 2019 Operation Victory from God, Yemeni Military Media

This deterrence was achieved by striking sensitive and strategic targets of the countries of aggression, such as oil facilities, military airports, and military centers, with the infliction of a negligible number of civilian casualties. Here, Yemenis accused of being just “rebels” act more faithfully to the ethics and laws of war than the US-backed Saudi coalition, which practices a policy of collective punishment and deliberately bombs civilians.

Sanaa forces regularly use precision weapons, such as the Tochka (OTR-21) missile, to strike the enemy’s military bases. Examples of such strikes happened in Safer, Mocha, and Khamis Mushait Air Bases. In the latter, the commander of the Saudi Air Force, Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan, suffered “a heart attack” four days after the Khamis Mushait Air Base was bombed in June 2015. The announcement of the commander’s death came in mysterious circumstances. On the other hand, the US-backed Saudi coalition regularly practices collective punishment and deliberately bombs civilians.

2021 large-scale Jazan operation 

“In combat, soldiers fight for their comrades. The primary group motivates people. Cohesion is the bond of trust between members of a group. There are four types of cohesion: horizontal cohesion among peers, vertical cohesion, from subordinate to commander, and organizational cohesion within the army. Cohesive units fight better, suffer fewer casualties, train better, do not disintegrate, require less support, and provide members with a better quality of life.”

This quote comes from a guide for the US Navy from 2002, which shows the importance of the cohesion of military units in terms of their performance, and the difficulty of destroying these units when they are under attack or pressured by fire. During the war in Yemen, the Saudi forces showed very poor cohesion and discipline, even at the beginning of the war, not to mention their gradual decline as the war dragged on.

Yemeni soldiers during the large-scale Jazan Operation, Yemeni Military Media

This can be explained by several factors: at the individual level, we cannot judge due to the absence of perceptual evidence at the level of relations between soldiers, as it may be affected by the constant periodic drafts, or by the high rate of losses, so that replacement becomes necessary. As for the relation between commanders and the army, the relation looks to be negative, as evidenced by the al-Akhbar [Lebanese] newspaper in an article by writer Ali Murad, titled “Bin Salman through the eyes of his officers: We have perished to this child [MBS]!”. The article narrates, through leaks of a former Saudi high ranking officer, the collapse of the fighting spirit of the soldiers since the first months of the war and their lack of belief in its outcome, neither in its cause nor in Bin Salman himself, who is running the war.

In the large-scale Jazan operation that took place in May-June 2021, Saudi performance and the discipline of its soldiers were scandalous; video clips showed the escape of mercenaries of Yemeni and Sudanese nationalities, and some of the fleeing soldiers were wearing Saudi ground forces uniforms fleeing without their helmets, weapons. the complexities of carrying out such an operation of this magnitude lay mainly in transferring offensive forces to the front without being noticed by the enemy. Since ancient times, training soldiers included was not only aimed at increasing their resistance to being “broken,” but also to commit retreats in the most organized fashion, since most losses of the defeated do not happen within the battle itself, but during the process of the retreat itself. 

Yemeni soldiers during the large-scale Jazan Operation, Yemeni Military Media

In addition to the above, armored vehicles were completely absent from the front during this operation. The only armored vehicle that appeared was an M-113 personnel carrier, along with dozens of Toyota civilian trucks. During the past years, Saudis were rarely successful in introducing their armor to the battlefield as the results were catastrophic. Yemenis excelled in the destruction of such vehicles, to the extent that they destroyed Canadian LAV-25 armored vehicles using 12.7-caliber anti-material sniper rifles, the bullets of which penetrated the back of its turret and burned it. Many vehicles were burned with only a lighter, the one used for lighting cigarettes. 

What will the soldiers of any army think if that army pulls its armored vehicles and tanks, which cost millions of dollars to the rear lines while placing them on the front lines? Won’t the idea that their live flesh is cheaper for their superior cross their minds? On the other hand, Yemenis show military toughness, cohesion, and discipline, much higher than those whom they fight, and who are defined in Western academic literature as a “modern regular army.” 

2022 Marib Liberation operation?

A similar operation to Victory from God occurred a few months ago, operation Victory Spring (Rabi al-Nasr), but this time in the vicinity of Marib. The city is controlled by the Saudi coalition and its mercenaries and has seen fierce battles during the years of war. The ongoing battle around the city has been described by many experts as the battle that is going to decide the outcome of the war.

Currently, the Sanaa forces are about 8-10 km away from the strategic city from their closest position in al-Balaq al-Sharqi mountains. Such achievements were a result of the previously mentioned complex operation. In brief, the Yemeni forces eluded the coalition forces that the main attack is going to be launched from the north-western flank of the city, but the main thrust came from the South-west. Despite it being heavily defended as well, the combat readiness of its troops seemed to be meager, as Sanaa forces manages to advance almost 60 km in 2-3 days, a rate that was not expected by the Saudi coalition and neither by their backers. The speed and coordination of that attack prevented the enemy from reacting to it, and as a result, Sanaa Forces now threaten both north and southwestern flanks of the Saudi coalition forces. 

Results of the operation Victory Spring (Rabi al-Nasr), (Credits:

By looking at the map, one can only expect that the liberation of Marib is just a matter of time. This assumption is not only based on the material factors in play but also the perseverance of Yemeni forces on previous occasions. Such steadfastness and perseverance made them resist and survive on the harshest wars and sieges launched by the US and its allies against a country in this century.

2022 is, without a doubt, going to be the year for Yemen and its brave people. 

A struggle for influence in Shabwa, Brigadier General Nasr Al-Shazly
The weapons captured by the Army and the People’s Committees during Operation Desert Dawn
Sanaa forces end the presence of Hadi forces and the military coalition in Al-Jawf Governorate
A strike at Ataq airport, and a report on the operation deep in the desert


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