Yemen To Overwhelm Enemies If Saudi-led Coalition Fails to Hold on To Truce – Defense Minister

September 6, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni defense minister underlined that his country is fully prepared for an all-out war with the Saudi-led coalition, warning the invading countries that they would be bewildered by the advanced capabilities of the Yemeni armed forces if they continue the war.

Major General Mohammad al-Atifi made the remarks during a Monday meeting with the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat.

“Yemen’s armed forces are ready either to respond to the Saudi-coalition violation of the [UN-brokered] truce or to get into a full-scale confrontation with the coalition to free every inch of the country’s soil,” al-Atifi said.

He added that the Yemeni armed forces have reached such “advanced levels that will surprise the [Saudi-led] coalition if it does not take advantage of the temporary truce to end its aggression and siege.”

Al-Mashat, for his part, described the Yemeni armed forces as a “safety valve for the homeland,” capable of exposing all foreign conspiracies to split the country.

Warning that “no breach of the truce will be accepted,” he said it is necessary to reclaim the looted Yemeni oil and gas revenues.

He further assured the Yemeni people that “they are now able to take their legitimate rights” and the “crisis created by the coalition will soon end.”

Meanwhile, the Yemeni government said on Tuesday that coalition forces have violated a UN-brokered truce, which was enforced in the war-ravaged Yemen in April, nearly 150 times over the past 24 hours.

Citing an unnamed Yemeni military official, Saba news agency reported that the violations included 34 flight operations with spy drones and warplanes over the provinces of Marib, Taiz, Jawf, Saada, Hajjah, al-Hudaydah, Ad Dali’, al-Bayda and border areas.

The source added that the US-Saudi mercenaries have developed new military fortifications in al-Hudaydah.

The coalition also committed breaches by firing on the homes of citizens and the position of the Yemeni armed forces in the provinces of Marib, Taiz, Saada, Hajjah, al-Hudaydah, Ad Dali’, and the border areas, the source said.

An armed spy plane also targeted a garrison in Ibb province, killing one soldier and injuring four others, the source added.

The UN-brokered truce between the coalition and Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has been extended twice since April.

According to the United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, the latest extension, from August 2 to October 2, included a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach a wider truce agreement as soon as possible.

Under the truce, the war coalition has agreed to end its attacks on Yemeni soil and end a simultaneous siege that it has been enforcing against Yemen. Yemen has, however, reported many violations since then.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the closest allies of the US in the region after the Israeli regime — have been waging the war on Yemen since March 2015.

The invasion has been seeking to change Yemen’s ruling structure in favor of the impoverished country’s former Riyadh- and Washington-friendly rulers and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement. The coalition, however, has failed to meet any of its objectives.

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

As West blames Moscow for ‘food crisis’, ships sail from Mariupol with Moscow’s help while Ukraine holds vessels in its ports

July 9, 2022

Western media and state officials keep blaming Russia for the ‘food crisis,’ but Moscow is trying to reopen Ukrainian and Donbass ports

July 1, 2022, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Russia’s Defense Ministry on May 20 announced the liberation of the Azovstal plant from Ukraine’s Nazi Azov Battalion, and some days later stated that sappers had demined an area of one and a half million square meters around the city’s port.

In early June, the ministry declared the facility ready for use anew. “The de-mining of Mariupol’s port has been completed. It is functioning normally, and has received its first cargo ships,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the time. 

Russia promised to give ships safe passage, and on June 21, the Turkish ship Azov Concord left with a Russian escort. At Mariupol port that day, prior to setting off, the captain of the ship, Ivan Babenkov, spoke to the media, telling us that the vessel, without cargo, was heading to Novorossiysk for loading, and then on to its destination.

Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov, commander of the Russian naval base in Novorossiysk on the Black Sea’s northeastern coast, down the Kerch Strait from Mariupol, explained that while the corridor has been operational since May 25, the nearly one-month delay in departing was because “ships were significantly damaged during the conduct of hostilities.” Notably, he also said that some ships were deliberately damaged by Ukrainian forces in order to prevent them from leaving. 

From aboard a Russian anti-sabotage forces boat, media watched the Azov Concord leave port. Further on, the ship would be met by warships of the Novorossiysk base and escorted to the Kerch Strait where FSB border control ships would continue to escort the ship.

A Bulgarian ship, the Tsarevna, was readying to depart the port next, “also following the same humanitarian corridor to its destination in accordance with plans for the use of the court by the owner,” Rear Admiral Kochemazov said.

Western press ignoring developments

Predictably, just as the Western media continues to ignore Ukraine’s war crimes against the Donbass republics, including not only the bombing of houses, hospitals, and busy markets –  plus the killing and maiming of civilians – so too do they omit coverage of anything positive emanating from areas where Ukrainian forces have been ousted and stability restored.

Instead, Western media continues to spin the story that it’s Russia that’s blocking ports and preventing grain exports, and blame Moscow for “aggravating the global food crisis” – when in reality, it is Ukraine that has mined ports and burned grain storages.   

In fact, according to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, “70 foreign vessels from 16 countries remain blocked in six Ukrainian ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhniy). The threat of shelling and high mine danger posed by official Kiev prevent vessels from entering the high seas unhindered.”

While Russia maintains it has opened two maritime humanitarian corridors in the Black and Azov Seas, Kiev is apparently not engaging with representatives of states and ship-owning companies about the departure of docked foreign ships.

Meanwhile, in the same vein, media outlets like the New York Times (writing as always from afar) claim that Mariupol is “suffering deeply” under Russian rule (citing the runaway former mayor, nowhere near the city for months, who is the source of previous war propaganda) even describing the Azov Neo-Nazis as “the city’s last military resistance.”

Yet, what I’ve seen in multiple trips to Mariupol in the past couple of weeks is rubble being removed so that the rebuilding process can begin, newly established street markets, public transportation running, and calm in the streets.

The people of Mariupol have indeed suffered, but now that the Azov Nazis and Ukrainian nationalists no longer reign, they can live without fear of persecution, execution, rape, torture, and all of the other ‘democratic values’ of the forces backed by the West.

The rebuilding will take time, but with the port functioning anew, and the possibility now of also bringing reconstruction materials by sea, it can begin, ship by ship.

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The Saudi-Yemeni Ceasefire Is on the Edge!

May 5, 2022

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – On April 2, an agreement between Yemen and the countries of the US-backed Saudi-led aggression has been reached. The ceasefire which took effect, was supposed to last for two months, after seven years of aggression and siege on the already impoverished country. However, the Saudi-led coalition reneged on the agreement and breached Yemeni sovereignty several times.

How were these breaches distributed?

The first breach was on the April 8 where US-Saudi aggression mercenaries launched a large-scale march on the south of Marib on Friday. A military source stated that the popular committees responded to the advance of mercenaries, pointing out that this action coincided with intensive flights of the coalition aircrafts in Yemeni airspace.

The second breach was when a residential neighborhood in Taaz governorate was targeted with heavy artillery. This showed the real intentions behind the earlier announced stance as civilians expressed their condemnation to the criminal act that violated the international law.

Furthermore, on April 20, a military source reported that Saudi aircrafts had breached Hajja, Sanaa, Maarib, Amran, and Saada provinces 59 times to-date, according to Sabaa agency.

Moreover, two people were killed by the Saudi army on the northern borders of Yemen on April 27 in Shada province – Saada governorate, recording a new breach.

Nonetheless, two humanitarian flights from Jordan and Egypt to Sanaa Airport had been agreed upon weekly during the two-months ceasefire. Several days ago, the Saudi aggression announced the cancelation of these flights alleging that the passengers who are being selected as patients from Sanaa are actually Iranian backed-up groups who are trying to manipulate these trips.

Regarding the cancelation of the trips, Yemeni Minister of Health Taha al Motawakel told Yemen’s al-Masirah network, “It is the most important item in the ceasefire agreement. The cancelation of the trips reveals the real intentions of the Saudi-led coalition and its moral free-fall, as an intended siege is taking place on Yemen, which makes things worse for more than 30,000 patients who need to undergo treatment outside Yemen”.

In accordancse with the aforementioned, the Saudi-led coalition proves again that its honesty towards the Yemeni people is fake, as hundreds who have suffered from the aggression need treatment and the countries backing the war deliberately tightened the noose on Yemen, once again revealing its true face.

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Yemeni Resistance Launches Multiple Retaliatory Strikes inside Saudi Depth

21,03,2021

By Staff, Agencies

Statement of the third phase of the second siege-breaking operation in the Saudi depth

The Yemeni Armed Forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, launched fresh retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia, including one on a facility run by oil company Aramco in the strategic Jizan region, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s ongoing military aggression and all-out blockade against the war-torn Arab country.

The official Saudi Press Agency, citing a statement by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression, said early on Sunday that attacks targeted a water desalination plant in the city of al-Shaqeeq, an Aramco facility in Jizan, a power station in the southern Dhahran al-Janub city, and a gas facility in Khamis Mushait.

State-run al-Ekhbariya television news network later quoted the coalition as claiming it had intercepted and destroyed three drones that struck the economic facilities.

The coalition also alleged to have foiled a strike on an Aramco Liquefied Natural Gas [LNG] facility in the Saudi city of Yanbu, the TV channel added.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree later confirmed the operations, saying Yemeni troops carried out a large-scale offensive, dubbed Operation “Breaking the Siege II,” against a number of vital and sensitive targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, using domestically-developed ballistic and cruise missiles as well as combat drones.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Sanaa on Sunday, Brigadier General Saree stated that the Yemeni troops and their allies pounded the facilities of Aramco Company in the Saudi capital Riyadh, in addition to several important sites in the cities of Yanbu, Abha, Khamis Mushait, Jizan, Samtah and Dhahran al-Janub.

“God willing, Yemeni armed forces will carry on special military operations to break the brutal siege. The strikes will be against critical and sensitive targets, which the enemy would never imagine,” Saree pointed out.

He also highlighted that Yemeni armed forces have the complete coordinates of vital targets deep inside Saudi Arabia, adding they could come under attack at any time.

“The Yemeni army warns the criminal enemy of the consequences of its oppressive siege on the country’s economic facilities and projects. Yemeni armed forces have always declared they will hit the strategic and sensitive facilities of the Saudi-led coalition’s member states as long as the siege persists.”

Saudi Arabia has launched a new round of airstrikes against various areas across Yemen.

Saudi jets carried out four air raids against the Rahabah district in Yemen’s central province of Marib on Saturday evening, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network said.

Three aerial assaults also hit the Abs district and another targeted the Harad district in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah. There were no immediate reports of casualties or extent of damage.

Two civilians also lost their lives when Saudi artillery units pounded a residential area in the Shadaa district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Saada.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led military coalition’s soldiers and their mercenaries have breached a truce deal for the western coastal province of Hudaydah 132 times in the last 24 hours.

Citing an unnamed source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room, al-Masirah TV reported that the violations included reconnaissance flights over various districts, 31 counts of artillery shelling and 92 shooting incidents.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to bring back to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well short of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Riyadh No Mediator but Party to War: Yemeni Official on GCC Invitation for Talks

March 16, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A senior Yemeni official has reacted to a recent report that the Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] is considering inviting the Ansarullah resistance movement and other Yemeni parties for consultations, saying the kingdom cannot be a mediator as it is a perpetrator of the bloody war.

“What is being circulated in the media about the GCC invitation for talks is in fact an invitation by Riyadh,” head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Riyadh is itself a party in the war, not a mediator,” he asserted.

The remarks came after two Gulf officials told Reuters that formal invitations would be sent within days for the talks, planned to be held in Riyadh between March 29 and April 7,to discuss military, political and economic aspects of the war.

Ansarullah officials, they added, would be “guests” of GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf at the body’s Riyadh headquarters and would have his security guarantees if the group accepted the invitation.

Gulf officials, who declined to be named, also noted that former Saudi-sponsored Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is based in Riyadh, had agreed to the discussions.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to return to power the Hadi regime and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

Yemeni Resistance Wrests Control over Key Area near Saudi Border

MARCH 04, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni army troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have taken full control of a strategic area in the country’s northern province of Hajjah close to the border with Saudi Arabia.

Military sources, requesting anonymity, told Yemen News Portal website that Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters established control over al-Hathera area in the Harad district on Thursday, after they exchanged heavy gunfire with Saudi-paid militants.

The sources said Yemeni army troops and Popular Committees fighter also captured a military camp in the area, which housed Saudi mercenaries of Sudanese origin.

The development came a day after Yemeni forces fired ballistic missiles at a military base of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Hajjah province, killing 10 Sudanese soldiers.

“The missiles struck the units of Sudanese troops, who are part of the Saudi-led coalition, in Hajjah province near the border with Saudi Arabia,” a local military source said on condition of anonymity.

“A total of 10 Sudanese soldiers were killed and more than 25 others injured in Hajjah’s district of Midi.”

Meanwhile, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network said Saudi warplanes had carried out eight air raids against the Harad district in the country’s northwestern province of Hajjah. Saudi jets also bombed the Hayran district.

Warplanes launched six airstrikes on al-Ajasher desert area close to Saudi Arabia’s southern region of Najran as well. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Saudi-led warplanes also conducted four raids on the al-Jubah and Wadi al-Ubaidah districts of the central Yemeni province of Marib, in addition to four aerial assaults on an area in the At-Tuhayta district of the western province of Hudaydah.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to return to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in recent months.

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UN Arms Embargo on Yemen Neglects Saudi Massacres – Ansarullah Official

March 2, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni officials denounced a recent vote by United Nations Security Council [UNSC] to expand a targeted UN arms embargo on several leaders of the popular Ansarullah resistance movement to the whole group.

The 15-member body adopted on Monday the controversial anti-Ansarullah resolution, proposed by the United Arab Emirates, by 11 votes in favor to none against, with 4 abstentions.

The resolution strongly condemns counterattacks by Yemeni fighters, including those on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and demands their immediate cessation.

In comments following the resolution, head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi criticized in a post on his Twitter account the decision for ignoring the “crimes” committed by the Saudi-led coalition, stressing that any arms embargo that does not apply to the Western-backed alliance “had no value.”

If the goal is to secure justice, the deliberate targeting of Yemen by the US-Saudi-Emirati aggressor coalition and its war crimes should have been the reason for a ban on weapons, al-Houthi said.

He also noted that after selling arms to Gulf countries, the Americans, the British, etc. test the effectiveness of their weaponry by killing Yemeni children.

They, the Ansarullah official added, deprive Palestinians of access to weapons while giving them to the Tel Aviv regime that commits war crimes.

“Yemen now has a new weapon that it did not have before. Thank God, it is the jihad [endeavor for the sake of God] of the brave Yemenis, who have achieved it, as well as the defeat of the American-British-Saudi-UAE coalition and its military allies.”

Similarly, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, said the UNSC’s decision to extend the arms embargo imposed on Yemen and deprive it of its right to self-defense indicates that the world needs a new order based on justice.

“We tell the countries that voted in favor of the resolution that you and your oppressive decisions are under our feet because we rely only on God,” he asserted.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to return to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Saudi Warplanes Kill, Injure 11 Members of Same Family in Yemen’s Hajjah

February 21, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

In yet another war crime, Saudi warplanes killed and injured 11 members of the same family an airstrike on Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

The attack ranked the second of its kind on the province in less than 24 hours.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah network, the airstrike hit the home of a civilian named Ahmed Mohammad Tamri in the district of Abs in Hajjah in the early hours of Monday.

Preliminary reports said that a woman was martyred and eight others, most of them children, were injured in the aerial attack.

Al-Masirah reporter later said the number of the injured rose to at least 10, noting that seven of them were children aged between 18 months and 14 years.

The attack drew condemnation from the member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi who decried it as “a war crime.”

Al-Houthi stressed that the ongoing targeting of the Yemeni people is “a war crime and deliberate terrorism.”

The airstrike came as the Yemeni army on Sunday thwarted an attack by the Saudi-led coalition forces on Hajjah’s district of Harad near the border with Saudi Arabia, while liberating a mountainous area from the control of the Riyadh-backed mercenaries.

Al-Masirah cited a security source as saying that the Saudi-led coalition committed some 163 ceasefire violations in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah on Sunday. The violations included six spy flights and 54 artillery attacks.

The attacks came in violation of the Stockholm Agreement that was reached in December 2018 following peace negotiations between representatives from Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement and Riyadh-backed mercenaries loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur.

The document set out three undertakings, which include a ceasefire along the Hudaydah front and the redeployment of armed forces out of the city and its port; an agreement on prisoner exchange; and a statement of understanding on the southern Yemeni city of Taiz.

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 at the aim to eliminate the Ansarullah movement and reinstall former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Accompanied by a tight siege, the war has failed to reach its goals, while killing hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people. The UN refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces have continued to grow stronger in the face of the Saudi-led invaders, advancing toward strategic areas held by Saudi-led mercenaries, including Marib province, and conducting several rounds of counterstrikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a family home in Yemen’s Hajjah province kills one, injures 10

Riyadh’s latest attack on residential areas in Yemen came as coalition forces in Hajjah province continue losing ground to Ansarallah troops

February 21 2022

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A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a family home in Abs district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah on 21 February killed one person and injured ten.

According to local media reports, seven of the injured victims are children between the ages of 18 months and 14 years.

All the victims are members of the same family.

The owner of the house has been identified as Ahmed Mohammad Tamri. It is not yet clear why the house was targeted but attacks on civilian homes in Yemen are not uncommon as the Saudi-led coalition frequently targets heavily populated residential areas under the pretext of targeting what it calls the Yemeni army’s “secret operations centers.”

The indiscriminate attacks on civilians buildings have killed hundreds of people in recent months. Yemen’s National Salvation Government (NSG) has repeatedly denounced the failure by the international community to denounce the atrocities committed by the Saudi-led coalition against the people of Yemen.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, described the latest attack on a civilian home as “a war crime and deliberate terrorism.”

The escalation in the brutality by the Saudi-led coalition comes at a time when the coalition is losing significant ground to the Yemeni Armed Forces and allied Popular Committees.

On 20 February, the spokesperson for the Yemeni army, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced that the armed forces had repelled a major attack by Saudi-led coalition troops in Harad district in Hajjah province.

Saree said the army was able to expel coalition forces from the Kasara mountain range on the border with Saudi Arabia. According to local sources, coalition losses since the last escalation in Haradh amounted to more than 580 dead and wounded.

The Saudi-led coalition invaded Yemen in early 2015 in an attempt to remove the Ansarallah resistance movement from power and restore the government of ousted president Abd Mansour Hadi. The nearly seven year-long conflict has killed more than 230,000 people and left millions on the verge of starvation.

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As US Renews Support for Saudi War in Yemen, Civilian Death Toll Nearly Doubles

February 17th, 2022

By Ahmed Abdulkareem

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“The civilian death toll in Yemen has almost doubled since the United Nations rights body dissolved its monitoring mechanism in the war-torn country.” – Norwegian Refugee Council Report

HAJJAH, YEMEN – Two parallel but very different meetings took place recently — one in search of peace, the other to plan more war. In Oman’s capital, Muscat, an official delegation headed by Ansar Allah, met with Omani and European officials to negotiate de-escalation and humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Meanwhile, the United States and the Saudi-led Coalition held meetings to plan a ground escalation in Sana’a and Hajjah province in Yemen’s southeast to coincide with airstrikes against residential neighborhoods in other cities throughout the north, which have killed and injured dozens of people and caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure.

Haradh among new, and old, Coalition targets

In the wake of President Joe Biden’s pledge of support to the Saudi king during a call and a corroborating statement by CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the Saudis wasted little time translating this support into ground action. The oil-rich country – supported by American and British military planners and experts and a large number of mercenaries, including Sudanese fighters – has imposed an oppressive siege on Haradh, a strategic Yemeni city in Hajjah province. Situated near the Yemen-Saudi border, Haradh lies emptied of people and largely destroyed by Saudi airstrikes and artillery bombardment.

The crippling siege is designed to pave the way for a ground invasion of the city, which oversees the Red Sea port of Midi in Yemen’s far northwestern reaches. The city was once relatively prosperous, benefiting from smuggling and cross-border trade. Since Tuesday, when the Saudis announced their military operation, dozens of people have been killed, and hundreds of families have fled their homes as Saudi bombs devastate the city and the roads leading into and out of it.

Haradh was not the only target of Saudi violence. U.S.-backed Coalition forces dropped hundreds of tons of bombs on densely populated cities, including Sana’a, al-Hodeida, Hajjah, Saada, Marib, and al-Jwaf. In Sana’a, where Saudi forces uncharacteristically gave a 72-hour evacuation notice to government facilities, warplanes razed the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, destroying communications systems and triggering an internet blackout. U.S.-backed Coalition forces also bombed several areas of the capital around the ministry. The Yemeni Parliament said that the bombing of the telecommunications sector was intended to isolate Yemen from the rest of the world, adding that Saudi Arabia and UAE aim to carry out more massacres and war crimes in defiance of the international community.

Since May 2019 – when the Ansar Allah government unveiled “National Vision” to heal, rebuild, and modernize their war-torn nation – Yemeni government facilities and ministries have succeeded in establishing relative stability, managing a population of more than 15 million people, and keeping the exchange rate at 600 riyals per U.S. dollar. Now, Saudi Arabia claims that government facilities are being used for military purposes. Ansar Allah has denied the claims and invited foreign media to visit all government facilities, adding that the bombings will not break the people’s will.

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Even during the 72-hour evacuation period, Saudi airstrikes pounded streets leading to the airport and the most important entrances to the capital.

Oil-rich Marib and al-Jawf also came under Saudi attack, while a citizen was killed and three wounded in the al-Muslab area in al-Tuhayta district in al-Hodeida. In the past week alone, Saudi Arabia has violated the al-Hodeida ceasefire agreement 1,426 times. Saudi airstrikes also targeted Saada province, where witnesses told MintPress News that many people, including African immigrants in the al-Raqw area in the Munabbih border district, were killed by Saudi shelling. In addition, the districts of Razeh, Shada, and Kitaf were subjected to all-out air raids, the most violent since a January 22 Saudi Coalition attack on a Yemeni civilian prison.

US weapons and diplomacy bring more death and destruction

Amid the escalation, President Biden held a call with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz last Wednesday, where he reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to back the Saudi-led Coalition. On February 8, CENTCOM Commander McKenzie told UAE’s state-owned WAM news agency that “the U.S. is working with the UAE and other regional and global partners to develop more effective solutions to stop [Yemeni] drone attacks, even before they are launched,” sparking concerns that the U.S.-backed Saudi Coalition could launch even more preemptive attacks against Yemen under the pretext of stopping Houthi drone attacks on Saudi and UAE targets. On Saturday, a shipment of F-22 fighter jets arrived in the UAE from the United States.

Save the Children has described January as the bloodiest month since 2018 for Yemen, stating that one Yemeni civilian was either killed or wounded every hour during the last month. “Between January 6 and February 2, more than 220 adults and 15 children were killed and over 354 adults and 30 children were injured as well,” Save the Children said in a recent report.

In the January 22 Saudi Coalition attack on the Saada City Remand Prison, UAE warplanes dropped precision-guided bombs made by U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon – the latest piece in the broader web of evidence of the use of U.S.-manufactured weapons in incidents that could amount to war crimes, according to Amnesty International. In its report published on January 26, the international body stated:

Amnesty International’s arms experts analyzed photos of the remnants of the weapon used in the attack on the detention center and identified the bomb as a GBU-12, a 500 lb laser-guided bomb manufactured by Raytheon… Since March 2015, Amnesty International’s researchers have investigated dozens of airstrikes and repeatedly found and identified remnants of U.S.-manufactured munitions.

Since November 2021, the Biden administration has approved multiple arms deals with Saudi Arabia, including a $650 million agreement to sell Raytheon missiles to the kingdom and a $28 million contract for U.S. maintenance of the kingdom’s aircraft. In December, the administration stated it “remains committed” to the proposed sale of $23 billion in F-35 aircraft, MQ-9B drones, and munitions to the UAE. These weapons bring death and destruction to civilians in Yemen but are less effective against Yemen’s army and Ansar Allah, which have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and Abu Dhabi bogged down in the country and looking for more support.

U.S.-made weapons are not the only cause of extensive destruction and the piling up of civilian victims in the war-torn country; the U.S.’s aggressive diplomatic stance has also taken a significant toll. Washington’s diplomatic efforts, paired with a seemingly endless supply of Gulf oil money, have brought about the dissolution of the UN’s monitoring mechanism in Yemen and have effectively given Saudi Arabia and the UAE carte blanche to commit rampant, horrific human rights violations in the country.

US troops work near a Patriot missile battery at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the the UAE, May 5, 2021. Photo | U.S. Air Force

In October, the UN Human Rights Council voted to disband its Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen Group. It was the first time that the United Nations’ top rights body had rejected a draft resolution since it was founded in 2006. The resolution, brought forward by European nations and Canada, was defeated by 21 votes to 18. “The removal of this crucial human rights investigative body took us back to unchecked, horrific violations,” the  Norwegian Refugee Council`s country director, Erin Hutchinson, lamented in a statement.

According to a recent report by the Norwegian Refugee Council:

The civilian death toll in Yemen has almost doubled since the United Nations rights body dissolved its monitoring mechanism in the war-torn country… In the four months before the end of the human rights monitoring, 823 civilians were injured or killed in the war. In the four months that followed, there were 1,535 civilians, according to data from the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project. During the same period, 39 times more of the civilian casualties were caused by airstrikes.

Advice to Biden

By supporting the Saudis and UAE, President Biden not only has abandoned promises he made after first taking office in January 2021, but is also fueling the war and aggravating Yemen`s retaliation against its aggressors. According to Yemeni officials who spoke to MintPress, Biden did not need to supply his allies with weapons, intelligence, and training if he cared about the Saudis and Emirates. “To end the brutal war and keep his allies safe, Biden should dictate to his friends to stop the war and lift the blockade; in return, the Yemeni attacks will stop immediately,” they said.

For its part, the Yemeni Army loyal to Ansar Allah has pledged that retaliatory ballistic missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE will not stop or be deterred by renewed U.S. support. On Thursday, a Yemeni drone achieved a direct hit on a military site in Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia, as announced by Brigadier General Yahya Saree and confirmed by the Saudi-led Coalition.

To most Yemenis – who are highly frustrated by the renewal of the U.S. support for Saudi Arabia – ballistic missile and drone strikes have proven the most effective means of deterring their oil-rich neighbors from their unrelenting attacks.

Yemeni Forces refute Saudi coalition’s allegations of controlling Haradh

20 Feb 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net 

A number of civilians have fallen after the Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted Al-Qahr area north of Saada, Yemen.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Saree

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, denied the allegations of the Saudi-led coalition of controlling the strategic Haradh area in Hajjah Governorate.

In a tweet, Saree said that “the military media will broadcast today scenes that expose and refute the allegations of the Saudi-led coalition forces.” The footage includes scenes of the dead and wounded members of the coalition forces.

Simultaneously, 9 women were injured as a result of renewed artillery shelling by the Saudi coalition forces on Al-Qahr area in Baqim District, bordering Saudi Asir, north of Saada Governorate.

Fifteen members of the Saudi-backed Hadi forces and Al-Islah Party were killed and wounded when a network of mines exploded in Al-Buqa area bordering Najran, east of Saada Governorate, north of Yemen.

In the northeastern province of Marib, the local authority of President Hadi’s government in the city of Marib said that the forces of the Sanaa government targeted the city that houses the headquarters and camps of the Saudi coalition, Hadi forces, and Al-Islah party with 5 ballistic missiles during the past hours.

Deaths and injuries were reported in clashes between gunmen from Al-Jalal tribes, on the one hand, and members of Hadi forces and Al-Islah party, on the other, in Wadi Ubaida District, southeast Marib City.

Moreover, the Saudi-led coalition warplanes launched a series of raids targeting the Haradh border District in Hajjah Governorate, northwest of Yemen.

Scenes of the military media expose and refute the allegations of the forces of aggression to control the strategic city of Haradh
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Ansarullah Leader: Alliance with US, ‘Israel’ Greatest Threat to Muslim World

February 15, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi warned against the establishment of alliances with the United States and the ‘Israeli’ entity, stating that such moves constitute the most significant threat to the Muslim world.

“The most serious hazard to Muslim nations is association with their implacable and bitter enemies, namely the United States and ‘Israel’,” Sayyed al-Houthi said at a ceremony in the capital Sanaa on Monday evening as he received a group of tribal leaders from the al-Jubah and al-Abdiyah districts of the central Yemeni province of Marib.

He said the enemies are trying to strike the Muslim Ummah [nation] from within, adding that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] are playing the leading role in pursuit of the foes’ goals.

“Our main duty is to unite the Ummah and foster brotherhood among Muslims,” the Ansarullah leader pointed out.

Sayyed al-Houthi further made clear that “those who have opted to side with enemies and joined their ranks have actually committed an act of high treason against their homelands and nations.”

“Anyone who sides with Saudis and Emiratis has in fact allied himself with the US and ‘Israel’,” the Ansarullah leader noted.

Earlier this month, Sayyed al-Houthi warned against forging an alliance with the United States.

“Anyone who thinks they will be victorious by allying themselves with the Americans is seriously wrong and their certain destiny is loss [and defeat],” he was quoted as saying on February 3.

The Ansarullah leader also referred to the UAE as the “Americans’ primary tool” in the ongoing Yemen war, stressing that the Abu Dhabi regime has upped the ante by launching more airstrikes against Yemen under orders from the US, Britain, and the ‘Israeli’ regime.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the United States and European powers, 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 Ansarullah 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 Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the United Arab Emirates, bogged down in the country.

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Yemeni Military Media Circulates Footage of Launching Drones at Targets in Saudi & Emirates 

February 15, 2022

Military media documents the moment the marches were launched 15 02 2022

The Yemeni military media department circulated on Tuesday which shows past operations of launching drones at targets in Saudi and Emirates.

Scenes of the launch of the air force’s cross-border drone on the Emirati and Saudi depths – “previous operations”

https://english.almanar.com.lb/ajax/video_check.php?id=107098

Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is Riyadh’s ally.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured by US-Saudi-led airstrikes.

The Arab impoverished country has been also under harsh blockade by the coalition which includes in addition to the Kingdom, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Yemeni Resistance Kills Dozens of Saudi Mercenaries in Strike on Yemen’s Oil-producing Marib

January 27, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Dozens of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former president have been killed when Yemeni army forces and their allies fired a ballistic missile at their camp in the country’s oil-producing central province of Marib.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree said late on Wednesday that Yemeni missile defense units launched a ballistic missile at a position of Saudi mercenaries at the so-called Third Military Region.

He added that the missile hit the designated target with great precision, leaving dozens of Saudi-paid militiamen killed and tens of others injured.

The development came hours after Saudi Arabia launched a new round of airstrikes against various areas across Yemen, as the Riyadh regime and its allies continue their brutal military aggression and siege against the impoverished Arab nation.

Saudi jets carried out nine air raids against the al-Jubah district in Marib province, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network said.

There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Saudi fighter jets also launched more than a dozen other airstrikes against different areas in the same Yemeni province.

Al-Masirah TV reported that the aerial assaults hit Wadi Obeida and Harib districts. No reports of casualties or extent of damage were quickly available.

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

Five further aerial raids targeted an area in the Bayhan district of the neighboring province of Shabwah as well.

Four airstrikes were also carried out by Saudi jets against al-Yatma area in the Khabb wa ash Shaaf district of Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf.

An air raid was also carried out by Saudi military aircraft against the Harf Sufyan district in the northwestern Yemeni province of Amran. There were no reports of possible casualties right away.

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 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 have gradually grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, most notably the UAE, bogged down in the country.

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In Just 24 Hrs., Saudi Warplanes Conduct 50 Airstrikes on Yemen

26 Jan 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Saudi warplanes have carried out as many as 50 airstrikes against various districts in war-torn Yemen in just 24 hours.

The air raids started on Tuesday, and lasted until early Wednesday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

The network identified the targeted locations as the Jabal Habashi District in the Taizz Province that lies in Yemen’s extreme southwest, as well as the al-Thawrah, Sanhan, al-Sabahah, and al-Sabain Districts in the west-central province of Sanaa.

Throughout the same time span, Saudi aircraft also targeted the western provinces of Marib, Shabwah, and al-Jawf on a total of 37 occasions.

Enjoying complete arms, logistical, and political backing from the United States, Saudi Arabia led many of its allies, chief among them the UAE, in a 2015-present invasion of Yemen. The war has been seeking to change Yemen’s ruling structure in favor of its former Riyadh-friendly officials.

The military campaign 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 country’s 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 Saudi invasion.

Most recently, the joint forces carried out two retaliatory operations codenamed the “Hurricane Yemen 1” and “Hurricane Yemen 2,” which saw them striking targets deep inside Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the past week.

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Ansarullah Includes ’Israel’ in Its List of Targets أنصار الله تضمّ «إسرائيل» إلى قائمة الأهداف

Jan 25 2022

By Hussein Ibrahim | Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by al-Ahed News

Each new day reveals more about the UAE’s ambitions in Yemen, requiring the Sanaa leadership to respond with the sort of attacks carried out against Abu Dhabi and Dubai. According to the latest information coming from the ground, the objective of the UAE-backed militias was not only to establish a presence in Shabwa, but to use it as a springboard to penetrate southern Marib. The aim is to lift the siege on the last remaining areas of the governorate that are occupied.

Today, it’s also evident that the Emiratis aren’t alone in this battle. The Americans are standing with them. There was also an “Israeli” role, which is still being examined by Ansarullah. When the nature of that role is confirmed, Ansarullah will determine the appropriate response. According to the information coming out Sana’a, “Israel” will not be spared.

Elsewhere on the battlefield, the Yemeni army and the popular committees regained the initiative and altered their tactics in line with recent changes adopted by the Saudi-Emirati alliance.

Meanwhile, the Sana’a leadership is preparing for all scenarios, realizing that the Americans who are returning to the region will not refrain from using all means, including psychological dimensions, to implement the agenda they previously failed to advance. But according to assurances from Ansarullah, they won’t succeed in implementing it.

This is what the scene in Yemen looks like at the moment: The aggression exhausted all its options when it went to the limit, which involves “butchering” Yemeni civilians, to compensate for its inability to stop the strikes on Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

But scenes of the martyred children that the world saw became a burden on the aggressors, who rushed to shift blame to one another. On the other hand, the source of the UAE’s strength, which appeared during the attack of the “Giant Brigades” in Shabwa, is its weak point. The attack was carried out with massive fire cover from “Israeli” drones, especially since the region where the battles unfolded are broad areas of flat land.

The Ansarullah movement is currently working to ascertain whether “Israeli” crews or Emirati crews trained by “Israel” directly operated these drones. If the first case scenario turns out to be true Ansarullah is determined to target “Israel” directly, which is causing panic in Tel Aviv, because the “Israelis” know that whoever struck Abu Dhabi can hit Eilat.

But in either case, the “Israeli” involvement in the war, especially in command and control operations such as communications, and jamming poses a threat to the Emirates itself, whose long-cherished security that represents the pillar of its prosperity has become a hostage to the tampering of “Israeli” projects – which Abu Dhabi had sought to mitigate by sending delegates to Tehran and other concerned parties before the events in Shabwa.

Meanwhile, the pretext for the attack in Shabwa is that the directorates seized by the “Giants” belong to southern Yemen and not to the north. This is based on what the Emiratis say is a tacit agreement with Sana’a – Abu Dhabi will leave the war in exchange for Ansarullah not approaching the south.

However, the course of the Emirati actions, on the ground and politically, shows that the Emirati goal is Marib and nothing else. The fighters loyal to Abu Dhabi, who withdrew from Hodeidah weeks ago, are the same ones who fought in Shabwa. On the political front, among the objectives of the rapprochement processes launched by Abu Dhabi a few months ago (involving efforts to reestablish ties with Turkey) was to prepare for this particular battle.

It was clear that Saudi Arabia had reached a dead end in Yemen and was unable to make any difference on its own. Therefore, a global alliance was established: the Americans are the decisionmakers, leading from the shadows, there is an active “Israeli” role, and the UAE spearheading it, backed by Saudi Arabia.

Hence, despite the recent massacres, Washington hastened to recruit the world to serve the aggression and protect Abu Dhabi. This is evidence of a critical weakness in the structure of the Emirati state, which isn’t capable of withstanding successive strikes by Ansarullah, especially since the Yemeni strikes against Abu Dhabi and Dubai were more extensive than what was previously announced and included ballistic missiles and drones. The UAE’s presidential adviser, Anwar Gargash admitted as much.

The UAE, which has been thrown into a position it cannot cope with, tried to compensate by announcing the cessation of the “Giants’” attack in Shabwa, but the Ansarullah movement had absorbed the attack and established its defensive positions. It also assessed what happened and changed some tactics so as to avoid a repeat of the situation. Soon, it will return to the offensive, with a determination to complete its journey to the city of Marib, no matter the cost.

As for taking the war into the Emirates, the next blow is only a matter of time – because nothing can protect this country from such strikes that Ansarullah sees as an easy matter. Neither Abu Dhabi nor Tel Aviv, nor Washington possess the cure for this matter, as the latter is confused on how to confront it in Iraq – knowing that the drones come from over the sea and cannot be downed before they reach their Emirati targets. The most sensitive targets are spread out across the beaches, such as Burj Khalifa. This terrifies the rulers in the UAE, as it terrified the rulers of Saudi Arabia before them, despite the fact that the possibility of intercepting incoming projectiles in the Kingdom is far greater, especially in areas far from the shores.

Hence, the war has become a war of drones, where Tel Aviv and Washington excel only in the ability of their drones to launch missiles, that is, to throw them into battles similar to what happened in Shabwa. Meanwhile, the technology of drones loaded with explosives and capable of flying long distances is available to everyone.

Therefore, danger looms over the UAE, as the price of handing over state security to “Israel” will be very high, while the latter seeks to seize the security of all Gulf countries through the Emirati gate, as an alternative or partner to the Americans. This will lead to the destabilization of those countries not only through external threats, but also by provoking their people, who cannot be separated from their surroundings by superior decisions. Despite the foregoing, it is expected that arms deal between Gulf capitals and Tel Aviv will intensify, especially in the field of missile interceptors.

The UAE brought it upon itself. Ansarullah was not in the process of bringing it back into the battle it left for many reasons, including tribal factors such as the internal fabric of Yemen, especially in Marib, as well as political and military factors related to the neutralization of Riyadh’s allies.

Despite the American mobilization to support the aggression, which the Emirati ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, worked on in the White House and Congress and that resulted from a call made by the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed, the mobility of the Americans is restricted; the escalation completely contradicts declarations by the Joe Biden administration about its supposed desire to stop the war and end offensive weapons deliveries to the coalition, especially after it was proven that the Ansarullah movement’s weapons are mostly manufactured locally. A confidential report by the UN Security Council, which was seen by the Los Angeles Times confirmed that the movement manufactures most of its missiles using local materials and other components that it obtains from abroad through a complex network of brokers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The movement also makes its own decision. Therefore, the only solution is to end the aggression and not rely on negotiations which only complicate matters.

Accordingly, in order to achieve this goal, Washington will need to negotiate with the Yemenis and no one else.

أنصار الله تضمّ «إسرائيل» إلى قائمة الأهداف

الإثنين 24 كانون الثاني 2022

حسين إبراهيم 

يوماً بعد يوم، تتكشّف المزيد من الحقائق حول الخطوات الأخيرة التي قامت بها الإمارات في اليمن، واستدعت من قيادة صنعاء ردّاً بحجم ضرْب أبو ظبي ودبي. إذ بحسب المعلومات، لم يكن هدف الميليشيات المدعومة إماراتياً، وفق ما يتمّ ترويجه، الاستقرار في شبوة فقط، وإنّما أرادت النفاذ من شبوة إلى جنوب مأرب، بهدف فكّ الحصار عن مركز المحافظة الأخيرة. كذلك، يتّضح اليوم أن الإماراتيين لم يقفوا وحدهم في هذه المعركة، بل اصطفّ جنباً إلى جنبهم الأميركيون، مع مشاركة إسرائيلية لا تزال «أنصار الله» تتفحّص طبيعتها. ومتى تتأكّد بالنسبة إلى الحركة نوعيّة تلك المشاركة، حتى تُقرّر الردّ المناسب عليها، والذي لن يوفّر الكيان العبري، وفق المعطيات الآتية من صنعاء. أمّا على أرض الميدان اليمني، فقد استعاد الجيش اليمني و»اللجان الشعبية» المبادرة، وغيّرا من تكتيكاتهما بما يتوافق مع التحوّلات الأخيرة التي سُجّلت على جبهة التحالف السعودي – الإماراتي، فيما وضعت قيادة صنعاء في حساباتها كلّ الاحتمالات، مدرِكةً أن الأميركي الذي يعود اليوم إلى المنطقة، لن يستنكف عن استخدام أيّ وسيلة، بما فيها الأثر النفسي المفترَض للمذابح المرتكَبة أخيراً، من أجل إخضاعها لأجندته التي فشل سابقاً في تسويقها، ولن يستطيع الآن إنفاذها، طِبْق تأكيدات «أنصار الله»

الصورة في اليمن الآن على الشكل الآتي: استنفد العدوان كلّ خياراته حين ذهب إلى الحدّ الأقصى، وهو «التجزير» بالمدنيين اليمنيين، تعويضاً عن العجز عن وقْف الضربات على السعودية والإمارات. لكنّ المشاهد التي رآها الرأي العام العالمي للأطفال الشهداء، صارت عبئاً على قِوى العدوان نفسها، التي سارعت إلى محاولة تقاذف المسؤولية عنها. من ناحية أخرى، مصدر «قوّة» الإمارات، والذي ظهر خلال هجوم «ألوية العمالقة» في شبوة، هو ذاته نقطة ضعفها. فالهجوم، وفق المعلومات، تمّ بتغطية نارية هائلة من مسيّرات إسرائيلية، خاصة أن المناطق التي جرت فيها المعارك مكشوفة. وتعمل حركة «أنصار الله» حالياً على التأكّد ممّا إذا كانت طواقم إسرائيلية قامت بتشغيل تلك المسيّرات بصورة مباشرة، أم طواقم إماراتية درّبتها إسرائيل. في الحالة الأولى، تُبدي الحركة عزماً على استهداف الكيان العبري بصورة مباشرة، الأمر الذي يثير ذعراً في تل أبيب، لمعرفة الإسرائيليين بأن مَن يضرب أبو ظبي يستطيع أن يضرب إيلات.

لكن في أيّ من الحالتين، يشكّل التورّط الإسرائيلي في الحرب، وخاصة في عمليات القيادة والسيطرة مثل الاتّصالات والتشويش وغيرهما، خطراً على الإمارات نفسها، التي صار أمنها الذي طالما تغنّت به، ويمثّل ركيزة ازدهارها، رهينةً لِعبث المشاريع الإسرائيلية، وهو ما كانت أبو ظبي قد سعت للتخفيف منه، من خلال إرسال الموفدين إلى طهران وجهات أخرى مَعنيّة، قبل أن يحدث ما حدث في شبوة، والذي كانت ذريعته أن المديريات التي جرت السيطرة عليها من قِبَل «العمالقة» تتبع لجنوب اليمن وليس لشماله، على أساس ما يقول الإماراتيون إنه اتّفاق ضمني مع صنعاء على خروج أبو ظبي من الحرب، مقابل عدم اقتراب «أنصار الله» من الجنوب. لكنّ مسار التحرّكات الإماراتية، ميدانياً وسياسياً، يُظهر أن الهدف الإماراتي هو مأرب وليس أيّ شيء آخر؛ فالمقاتلون الموالون لأبو ظبي، والذين انسحبوا من الحديدة قبل أسابيع، هم أنفسهم مَن قاتلوا في شبوة. أمّا على المستوى السياسي، فإن عمليات التقارب التي أطلقتها أبو ظبي قبل أشهر، وشملت خاصة تركيا، كان من ضمن أهدافها التمهيد لهذه المعركة بالذات.

ستعود «أنصار الله» قريباً إلى الهجوم مع تصميم على إكمال الطريق نحو مأرب مهما كلّف الأمر


كان واضحاً أن السعودية وصلت إلى طريق مسدود في اليمن، وباتت عاجزة بمفردها عن إحداث أيّ فرق. ولذلك، قام تحالف عالمي موازٍ، بقرارٍ وقيادةٍ (من الخلْف) أميركيَّين، وبمشاركة إسرائيلية نشطة، على أن تكون الإمارات رأس الحربة فيه، والمملكة خلفها. ومن هنا، وعلى رغم المجازر المرتكَبة أخيراً، سارعت واشنطن إلى تجنيد العالم لخدمة العدوان وحماية أبو ظبي، وهذا دليل وهْن كبير في بنية الدولة الإماراتية، التي قد لا تحتمل ضربات متلاحقة من جانب «أنصار الله»، خصوصاً أن الردّ اليمني بقصف أبو ظبي ودبي، كان أكبر مما أُعلن عنه سابقاً وشمل صواريخ باليستية ومسيّرات، وفق اعتراف المستشار الرئاسي الإماراتي، أنور قرقاش. حاولت الإمارات، التي تشعر بأنها تورّطت في ما لا قِبَل لها به، التعويض من خلال الإعلان عن وقْف هجوم «العمالقة» في شبوة، إلّا أن حركة «أنصار الله» كانت قد استوعبت الهجوم، وثبّتت مواقعها الدفاعية، كما أجرت تقييماً لما حصل وغيّرت بعض التكتيكات حتى لا يتكرّر، على أن تعود قريباً إلى الهجوم، مع تصميم على إكمال الطريق نحو مدينة مأرب، مهما كلّف الأمر.

أما في ما يتّصل بنقْل الحرب إلى داخل الإمارات، فإن الضربة التالية هي مسألة وقت فقط؛ ذلك أن لا شيء يمكن أن يحمي هذه الدولة من هكذا ضربات تُعتبر مسألة يسيرة بالنسبة إلى «أنصار الله»؛ فلا «دواء» لهذا الأمر لا عند أبو ظبي، ولا لدى واشنطن التي تحتار في كيفية مواجهته في العراق، ولا بحوزة تل أبيب، علماً أن الطائرات المُسيّرة تأتي من فوق البحر، ولا يمكن التقاطها قبل أن تبلغ أهدافها الإماراتية التي ينتشر الأكثر حيوية منها، مثل «برج خليفة»، بالقرب من الشواطئ، وهذا ما يرعب حكّام الإمارات، كما أرعب من قَبْلهم حكام السعودية، على رغم أن إمكانية الالتقاط والاعتراض في المملكة أكبر بكثير، وخاصة في المناطق البعيدة عن الشواطئ. إذاً، الحرب صارت حرب مسيّرات، حيث لا تتفوّق تل أبيب وواشنطن إلّا بقدرة طائراتهما على إطلاق الصواريخ، أي زجّها في المعارك كما حصل في شبوة، بينما تتوفّر تقنية المسيّرات المحمَّلة بالمتفجرات والقادرة على الطيران مسافات طويلة، للجميع. ومن هنا، يأتي الخطر على الإمارات، حيث سيكون ثمن تسليم أمن الدولة لإسرائيل باهظاً جدّاً، فيما الأخيرة تسعى للإمساك بأمن دول الخليج كافّة من البوّابة الإماراتية، كبديل أو شريك للأميركي، مع أن ذلك سيؤدي إلى زعزعة استقرار تلك الدول، ليس بفعْل الاستهداف الخارجي لها فقط، بل أيضاً من خلال استفزاز شعوبها التي لا يمكن سلخها عن محيطها بقرارات فوقية. وعلى رغم ما تَقدّم، يُتوقّع أن تتكثّف صفقات السلاح بين عواصم خليجية وتل أبيب، خاصّة في مجال الاعتراض.

جنَت على نفسها الإمارات، التي لم تكن «أنصار الله»، في الأساس، في وارد إعادتها إلى المعركة بعدما خرجت منها، لأسباب كثيرة، بينها ما هو قبَلي يتعلّق بنسيج اليمن الداخلي، وخصوصاً في مأرب، وبينها ما هو سياسي وعسكري يتّصل بتحييد حلفاء الرياض. وعلى رغم الاستنفار الأميركي لدعم العدوان، والذي عمل عليه السفير الإماراتي في واشنطن، يوسف العتيبة، في البيت الأبيض والكونغرس، وأسفر عن اتّصال أجراه وزير الدفاع الأميركي، لويد أوستن، بوليّ عهد أبو ظبي، محمد بن زايد، إلّا أن الحركة الأميركية تظلّ مقيّدة؛ ذلك أن التصعيد يتعارض تماماً مع ما أعلنته إدارة جو بايدن من رغبتها في وقف الحرب، وإنهاء دعم «التحالف» بالأسلحة الهجومية، خاصة بعدما ثبت أن سلاح حركة «أنصار الله» يُصنع في غالبيّته محلياً (يؤكد تقرير سرّي لمجلس الأمن الدولي، اطّلعت عليه صحيفة «لوس أنجلس تايمز» الأميركية، أن الحركة تَصنع معظم صواريخها باستخدام مواد محلية ومكوّنات أخرى تحصل عليها من الخارج، عبر شبكة معقّدة من الوسطاء في أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وآسيا)، كما أن قرارها ذاتي، وبالتالي فإن الحلّ الوحيد هو وضع نهاية للعدوان، وليس التفاوض الذي يمزج بين الساحات. وعليه، ستحتاج واشنطن، من أجل تحقيق هذا الهدف، إلى التفاوض مع اليمنيين وليس مع أيّ أحد آخر.

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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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السبت 8 يناير 2022

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يتلاقى عدد من القوى السياسية والقيادات داخل لبنان وخارجه على مقاربة سلاح المقاومة بعناوين مباشرة أو مواربة، وقحة وخجولة، حيث يتلاقى من يتحدث عن احتلال إيراني، مع من يتحدث عن الحياد، مع من يتحدث عن السلاح كسبب مشكلة ويقول بربط النزاع حوله، ومن يقول انه يرفض الدعوة لنزع السلاح منعاً لحرب أهلية، أو من يقول انّ حزب الله قوة شعبية وسياسية وإنّ السلاح قضية إقليمية تفوق طاقة الدولة، فكلّ هؤلاء يقولون إما بأنّ مشكلة لبنان هي بسلاح المقاومة، ويضعون في هذا السياق الغضب الغربي والعربي من هذا السلاح، ويفلسفونه بتسميات ربط لبنان بمحور تقوده إيران ومصادرة قرار السلم الحرب وما الى هنالك من مسمّيات، أو يقولون إن لهم ملاحظات على بقاء سلاح المقاومة ويشاركون المعترضين عليه في الكثير مما يقولون، لكنهم لا يرون مصلحة بتحويله الى قضية مواجهة تهدّد السلم الأهلي، أو يعتقدون بأنّ حسم أمره فوق طاقة الدولة اللبنانية والقوى السياسية اللبنانية، وكلّ ضغط عليها لتحمّل هذا العبء يعني مغامرة ومخاطرة وخيمة العواقب.

لأننا دعونا الآخرين الى التحدث بلا لف ولا دوران، سنقول بلا لف ولا دوران إنّ سلاح المقاومة لن يؤثر في مصيره كلّ هذا التلاعب والعبث السياسي، فهو يملك تغطية شعبية كافية لحمايته، ويملك قدرة عملياتية كافية لمنع استهدافه عسكرياً خارجياً وداخلياً، ولذلك لا يهدف هذا النقاش لإقناع الآخرين بتغيير مواقفهم، خشية ان يؤدي تعنتهم بها الى التاثير سلباً على سلاح المقاومة وتعريضه للخطر، بل يهدف الى كشف النتائج الفعلية لدعواتهم، وتحدّيهم في ميدان الحجة بالحجة أن يثبتوا منطلقاً وطنياً لمزاعمهم، ممن يظهرون عداءهم للسلاح أو الذين يختبئون وراء عدم واقعية طرح مصير السلاح حرصاً على السلم الأهلي، بما يعني تسليماً بالتموضع على ضفة اعتبار السلاح عبئاً على لبنان واللبنانيين.

ليس مطروحاً العودة للوراء رغم أحقيتها، لجهة مطالبة الجميع بالعرفان بالجميل للمقاومة وسلاحها في ما أنجزت في معركتي تحرير أراض لبنانية من الاحتلال “الإسرائيلي” وأراض أخرى من الإرهاب، وصدّ مخاطر كليهما، والعرفان بالجميل ليس واجباً أخلاقياً فقط، بل هو التزام بضبط الخطاب وفق مقتضياته، وشعور بالخجل لتفوّق مواطنية أهل المقاومة على سواهم، وبعقدة النقص والذنب تجاه الذين سبقوا سواهم في التضحية لأجل الوطن، وتفوّقاً بوطنيتهم ومواطنتهم، وإذا تسامحنا بهذا الطلب المحق، وتسامحنا معه بطلب محق آخر، وهو أنّ أراضي محتلة لا تزال تحت الاحتلال في مزارع شبعا، ولا يجب أن يستهين أحد بفرضية استردادها دون امتلاك القوة، وأنّ الإرهاب الذي تلقى ضربات بنيوية لا يبدو غائباً عن المشهد مع استعادة حيويته في الكثير من الساحات، لكن منعاً للسجال حول قضايا إشكالية وطلباً لوضوح المواقف سنكتفي بطلبين إثنين من كلّ الذين يلتقون بالحديث عن السلاح كعبء على لبنان واللبنانيين، سواء دعوا لحسم أمره سريعاً او ربطوا النزاع تحت عنوان الحرص على السلم الأهلي، وقالوا بجعله موضوعاً للحوار تحت شعار استراتيجية وطنية للدفاع، لا يبدو أنها تهدف لما يقوله اسمها بل باتت اسماً مموّهاً لطرح مصير سلاح المقاومة.

الطلب الأول هو أن يجيب طرفا الاعتراض، الوقحون والخجولون، على سؤال يتصل بمصلحة اقتصادية ومالية لبنانية حيوية، طالما انّ الكلّ صار عقله في جيبه ويحدثنا عن المصالح، واسترضاء الدول التي تملك مالاً ولو على حساب الكرامة الوطنية، والسؤال هو هل أنتم تؤمنون بأنّ لدى لبنان ثروات من النفط والغاز تشكل اليوم ركيزة رئيسية في أيّ خطة نهوض وإنقاذ، بصفتها مصدراً لعائدات بمليارات الدولارات، التي لن تبلغها كلّ المساهمات والقروض الموعودة من التسوّل والاستجداء والخضوع، واذا كان الجواب نعم وهو كذلك، فتتمة السؤال هي هل تعتقدون أنّ “إسرائيل تتربّص يهذه الثروة، وأنّ الدول الغربية الفاعلة، سواء التي تتقدّم كوسيط في المفاوضات كأميركا أو التي تملك شركات تدير التنقيب كفرنسا، منحازة بالأصل الى جانب “إسرائيل” وتدير موقفها على جدول الأعمال “الإسرائيلي”، واذا كان الجواب نعم وهو كذلك، تصير نهاية السؤال هل لدى لبنان ما يجبر “إسرائيل” على التفاوض بدل سرقة الثروات اللبنانية بقوة الأمر الواقع، وما يجبر أميركا وفرنسا على التوسط والبحث عن حلول ترضي لبنان، غير قوة المقاومة وقدرتها على تهديد أمن “اسرائيل” ومنصاتها للتنقيب عن النفط والغاز وخطوط نقله، واذا كان الجواب نعم وهو كذلك، هل من مصلحة وطنية تبرّر التشارك بإضعاف هذه القوة ولو بكلمة، وهل يصبّ كلّ سوء يُقال بحق هذا السلاح من لبناني مسؤول او غير مسؤول في مصلحة تعزيز موقف “إسرائيل” التفاوضي، وإضعاف موقف لبنان، وإذا كان الجواب هو نعم وهو كذلك، ننتظر تفسيركم وبدائلكم يا عباقرة؟

الطلب الثاني هو ان يجيب طرفا الاعتراض العلني والمستتر، على سؤال يتصل بمستقبل قضية اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في لبنان، طالما انّ الكلّ يؤكد صبح ومساء على خطر التوطين والتمسك برفضه ولو من منطلقات عنصرية في عقول البعض، وأول السؤال هو هل لدى أحد من شك بأنّ الرؤية “الإسرائيلية” ومن ورائها كلّ الغرب وكثير من الحكومات العربية لإنهاء القضية الفلسطينية أو حلها، يقوم على توطين اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في أماكن إقامتهم ومنها لبنان، وأنّ زمن التطبيع العربي “الإسرائيلي” أسقط التضامن العربي حول ما عُرف بالمباردة العربية للسلام التي نصّت على عودة اللاجئين بناء على طلب لبنان ممثلاً بالرئيس إميل لحود، ما جعل التوطين مشروعاً داهماً، وإذا كان الجواب نعم وهو كذلك، يصير الجزء الثاني من السؤال هل تشكل المقاومة في لبنان وسلاحها عقبة رئيسية أمام تقدم الرؤية “الإسرائيلية” لحلّ القضية الفلسطينية أو إنهائها، ومن ضمنها التوطين، واذا كان الجواب نعم وهو كذلك، تصير تتمة السؤال، هل يملك لبنان مصدر قوة يفرض على العالم أن يأخذ رفضه للتوطين بعين الإعتبار غير قوة المقاومة وسلاحها، واذا كان الجواب نعم وهو كذلك تصير نهاية السؤال، ألا يقع كلّ إضعاف للمقاومة وسلاحها ولو بكلمة، تعزيزاً للأمل “الإسرائيلي” ومن مع “إسرائيلمقالا” من الغرب والعرب، بوجود فرصة بديلة للأخذ بمطلب لبنان بعودة اللاجئين بدلاً من توطينهم، وهو الاستثمار على الداخل اللبناني لإضعاف المقاومة والطعن بسلاحها، ولأنّ الجواب هو نعم، تصير الخلاصة ألا تخجلون من وطنيتكم وأنتم تلعبون لعبة رخيصة بحسابات رخيصة وتصيبون وطنكم في الصميم، فما هو شعوركم بأنّ “الإسرائيلي” يصفق لكم ويبتسم عندما يسمعكم، وقحين وخجولين، أو هاتوا بدائلكم يا عباقرة؟

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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:  english.iswnews.com)

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: english.iswnews.com)

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. 

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Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemen’s Marib Heavily

Dec 22 2021

By Staff, Agencies

News sources on Wednesday morning reported that the Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemen’s Marib province 34 times.

The warplanes belonging to the coalition of aggression bombed al-Wadi District in Yemen 15 times, Sirwah District 14 times and al-Juba 5 times in Marib province, Yemen’s al-Masirah network reported.

According to the report, Saudi warplanes also targeted the city of Khabb and Shaaf District 8 times, the city of al-Hazm in al-Jawf province 3 times and the city of Maqbanah in Taiz province once.

On the other hand, Yemeni military sources said that the Saudi coalition violated the ceasefire in al-Hudaydah province in the past 24 hours 126 times with airstrikes, espionage flights and semi-heavy weapons.

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 Ansarullah 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, deepening the world’s worst humanitarian crisis day by day.

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 invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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التصعيد السعودي في اليمن قبل فيينا الثامنة

الثلاثاء 21 12 2021

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بصورة غير مسبوقة صعد السعوديون هجماتهم الجوية على الأماكن والمنشآت المدنية في اليمن، بإعلان رسمي يقول إن المنشآت المدنية فقدت حصانتها القانونية والإنسانية، لأنها تحولت إلى غطاء للنشاط العسكري اليمني لإطلاق الصواريخ البالستية والطائرات المسيرة نحو الأراضي السعودية، وكان يوم أمس ذروة للتصعيد السياسي والإعلامي في تغطية هذا التصعيد العسكري الذي أدخل مطار صنعاء رسمياً إلى لائحة الأهداف، وخلال سنوات الحرب لم يحيّد السعوديون المدنيون عن استهدافاتهم، لكنهم هذه المرة يصرحون أن المدنيين يتحملون مسؤولية التواجد في مناطق سيتم قصفها، وسيتم ابلاغ المدنيين عبر الإعلام عن ضرورة إخلائها قبل ساعات، وتأتي هذة الجولة التصعيدية تتويجاً لمحاولة إقامة ردع جوي مقابل ما أظهر اليمنيون من قدرة على مواصلة استهداف العمق السعودي على رغم الغارات الجوية السعودية، أملاً بأن يتحقق عبر هذا التصعيد ما لم يتحقق قبله.

أصل التعقيد الذي يواجهه السعوديون سابق لتبادل قصف العمق، ومصدره التطورات الجارية في البر اليمني في غير صالح الرؤية السعودية، والحسابات السعودية، في مجالات بات من الصعب اصلاح الخراب اللاحق فيها، ولا يجيب عليها الحديث عن أن أنصار الله يتخذون المدنيين درعاً بشرياً لسلاحهم، فالإخفاق السعودي يبدأ من الفشل المتمادي خلال سنوات في تطبيق مستدام لاتفاق الرياض الذي يجمعهم بالإمارات، ويضم جماعة الفريقين السعودي والإماراتي من اليمنيين، لضمان وحدة الحركة والأداء، ويعرف السعوديون أن لا علاقة لأنصار الله في هذه الأزمة التي تحولت إلى صراع دموي دائم بين الفريقين، وإلى عجز عن تحقيق الحد الأدنى من التنسيق والتكامل، ويكفي استعادة مشهد الانسحاب الأخير من الحديدة، وبما  تشهده عدن، لفهم أول وجوه الاخفاق التي باتت فوق القدرة السعودية على السيطرة.

الوجه الثاني للإخفاق تمثل في ظهور جماعة منصور هادي التي يتخذها السعوديون واجهة لحربهم، كجماعة معزولة عن الشعب والمجتمع، فالحكومة تسكن الفنادق السعودية كما الرئيس، ووكلاء الوزارات يتوزعون فنادق الرياض و القاهرة، وجميعهم بنظر المواطن اليمني مجموعة من المرتزقة والفاشلين، وتظاهرات تعز وعدن وشبوة وسواها ضد الحكومة، تقول ما يكفي عن هذا الاخفاق، ويعرف السعوديون أنهم ما لم يتولوا مباشرة المواجهة مع أنصار الله فإن جماعة منصور هادي لا تستطيع البقاء على قيد الوجود في أي بقعة يمنية، وهذا يجلب القلق السعودي من أي حل سياسي ينتهي برحيلهم، ويجعل مصير جماعة منصور هادي شبيهاً بمصير جماعة أشرف غني الأفغانية، ومن تداعيات هذا الاخفاق هو القبول السعودي بأن تتولى جماعة الإخوان المسلمين تحت اسم حزب الاصلاح، قيادة الوضع في أكثر من محافظة يمنية بصفتها الجهة القادرة على تأمين المسلحين، لخوض المواجهة مع أنصار الله، وهذا هو الحال في مأرب.

الوجه الأهم للإخفاق هو التطور المستدام في جبهة مأرب، لصالح أنصار الله، فالوقائع الميادنية تؤكد أن التقدم مضطرد ومتواصل في الجبهات، ولو بمئات الأمتار كل يوم، وأن التلال المحيطة بمأرب قد حسمت خلال الأيام الماضية لصالح الأنصار، ويعرف السعوديون أن التقدم يوشك على بلوغ النقطة الفاصلة، وأنه إذا وصلها صار الحديث عن ميزان القوى الذي سيحكم كل الحلول والتسويات مختلفاً، وهم يعرفون أيضاً أن هذا بات محسوماً والمسألة مسألة وقت، ولكنهم لا ينتبهون إلى أن كلامهم عن تجاوز الاعتبارات القانونية الإنسانية في استهداف الأماكن المدنية، يحرر الأنصار من هذا الاعتبار الذي يقيد حركتهم العسكرية نحو مدينة مأرب، حيث الذي يتخذ المدنيين دروعاً بشرية ليسوا أنصار الله القادمين إلى جبهات القتال بوحداتهم العسكرية وليس بجماهيرهم، بينما يحتمي خصومهم داخل معسكرات النازحين وشوارع المدينة وأحيائها.

يحاول السعوديون خلق أمر وقائع عسكري يقوم على تجميد القتال، مقابل تجميد عمليات القصف، قبل أن تستأنف المفاوضات في فيينا في الجولة الثامنة، التي يبدو أنها ستكون حاسمة، أملاً بدخول تفاوض على الملف اليمني من دون تغييرات دراماتيكية، لكن يبدو أنهم يسرعون حدوثها بخطواتهم التصعيدية.

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Saudis Mistakenly Bomb Own Positions in Yemen’s Marib

DECEMBER 11, 2021

By Staff, Agencies

The Saudi coalition warplanes mistakenly bombed their own positions in the occupied parts of the Yemeni province of Marib, leaving several Saudi-backed forces dead or injured.

Saudi warplanes mistakenly targeted their positions in Marib province, killing and wounding a number of their coalition member, Al-Khabar Al-Yemeni reported.

This is not the first time that the Saudi coalition targets their own positions, according to the reports.

Recently, a member of the political council of Yemeni Ansarullah Muhammad Al-Bukhaiti in a speech said that the Yemeni Resistance forces are close to achieving the final victory in Marib.

Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates [UAE] and with the green light of the United States and Western countries, carried out comprehensive attacks on Yemen since March 26, 2015, to allegedly reinstate the ousted Hadi government.

Officials of the Yemeni National Salvation Government have repeatedly stressed that the Yemeni army and popular committees will continue to respond to the aggression as long as the Saudi coalition does not stop the war against Yemen and end the siege.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them being civilians.

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