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

Source

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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You are terrorism, we are Resistance: Hezbollah Deputy SG to Saudi Arabia

Net 6 Jan 2022

Net Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem weighs in on a number of topics, including Riyadh’s accusations and the Lebanese elections.

Sheikh Naim Qassem delivered a speech, addressing Saudi Arabia and the coming Lebanon elections. 

Today, Thursday, Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem said, “Recently, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz announced an unjust stance against Hezbollah, deeming the organization terrorist, as Saudi Arabia has been classifying it for years.”

Sheikh Qassem, in his speech in South Lebanon, during the second anniversary marking the martyrdom of the two leaders, Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, said that “this description at this particular time and from the King of Saudi Arabia bears bad connotations, especially since the description is directed toward heroic fighters who sacrificed their blood, as both men and women sacrificed themselves for the liberation of the land, for Palestine, and for the dignity of the ummah.” 

Qassem contended that “this accusation against a wide segment of Lebanese society, against an effective and influential resistance group in the region, a deterrent of suspicious plots, is to incite the Lebanese against each other to stir up tension between them and to incite the people against the resistance that has a major role in the renaissance of Lebanon and its liberation.”

“They say that Lebanon must be Arab, and we tell them that we believe in the Arabness of Lebanon.” He asked: “Yemen is Arab and Saudi Arabia is Arab, and if we support Yemen, that means we support an Arab country, and if we are ever to support Saudi Arabia, how can we do so when it is attacking the other Arab country?”

He stressed that “Hezbollah must support those who are attacked, those who bear the right, those who offer martyrs, and those whose country is being destroyed by the hand of an Arab and an international tool that is trying to change the balance of power in the region.”

Qassem stressed that “a terrorist is the one who kills dissenting opinions in his country, attacks his neighbors in Yemen, and normalizes with Israel using various deceptive methods.”

Sheikh Qassem clarified that “freedom of opinion and expression is clear in the constitution under Article 13, and it is guaranteed as per the law.”

He stressed that “our response to Saudi Arabia will be decisive.”

He addressed Saudi Arabia, saying, “You, yourselves, are terrorism, and we are the resistance, and we will not take your harm without responding to you armed with facts and logic.”

Last Monday, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said in a speech on the anniversary of Soleimani’s martyrdom, “We did not assault Saudi Arabia, nor did we attack it. Rather, it was an actor in the global war on the region, and we had the honor of fighting the organizations that Saudi Arabia brought,” saying that “the terrorist is the one who sent thousands of Saudi takfiris to Syria and Iraq.”

Election alliance with the FPM

Sheikh Qassem revealed that there is an understanding with the Free Patriotic Movement,  headed by the Gebran Bassil, saying, “We have allies in Lebanon, and we reached an understanding with the Free Patriotic Movement, and the reason for this understanding is that there are strategic and domestic issues and we found that there is an overlap of convictions and opinions.”

He stressed, “We will be with the Free Patriotic Movement in the parliamentary elections… and we have started holding meetings at all levels in order to prepare for the parliamentary elections.”

He also pointed out that “the future electoral scene will be similar to the previous ones with regard to the alliances we made with everyone. Hezbollah will naturally cooperate with its allies in the parliamentary elections.”

The Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah also stressed that “Hezbollah’s relationship with the Amal movement is a stable and solid strategic relationship, stressing, “We are working together to preserve Lebanon as a sovereign, independent nation away from foreigners and to prevent naturalization and deter normalization with Israel.”

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

Jan 06 2022

By Staff, Agencies

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.

The UAE clock is ticking in Yemen

MbZ needed Yemen’s southern ports and waterways to underpin his ‘Maritime Empire’ and extend his security realm. But now the Yemeni resistance is set to blow a hole in those plans.

Jan 04 2022

UAE Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed bet on his Yemen war to consolidate his maritime and security ambitions. It may have backfired.Photo Credit: The Cradle

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On 3 January, a UAE-flagged vessel carrying ‘military supplies’ was seized by Yemeni resistance movement Ansarallah, which disseminated photos of the war contraband widely on social media.

One week earlier, Yemen’s Armed Forces launched a ballistic missile strike on Shabwah province, an area under the control of UAE-backed militias.

If a new strategy of targeting Emirati interests – instead of mainly Saudi ones – is taking shape in Yemen, these incidents are likely to have a ripple effect on the UAE’s role in both Yemen and the wider region.

Ambition and contest inside a house of glass

At the onset of the war on Yemen in 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates divided their military-strategic roles in Yemen in accordance with country’s former partition lines of 1967–1990.

Back then, Yemen was divided into two separate states, north and south. The oil-rich north was attached to Saudi Arabia, while the communist south received significant aid and other assistance from its alliance with the USSR.

After the dissolution of the USSR, the nation unified under Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of the former North Yemen since 1978, firmly consolidating the country under the influence of Saudi Arabia.

The UAE began its role as a regional player in West Asia after the death of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2004.

The ambitious Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ), subsequently took full control of the UAE. He overhauled his predecessor’s visions and prepared the UAE for a post-oil era, in which the country would transform from a traditional Gulf oil-dependent country to one with a diversified economy.

Briefly, the UAE’s diversified economy rested on the construction of mega projects funded by oil revenues, such as ports and airports that turned the UAE into a regional, free trade zone hub for importing and exporting oil, jewelry, electronics and other goods. The economy of the UAE would be further boosted by foreign investments in tourism, air transport, and real estate.

In the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, foreign investments as well as real estate sectors depreciated, and the UAE struggled to achieve full recovery until 2019. Then, as others in the Arabian Peninsula, the Emirati economy took another bashing from the effects of COVID-19 on its tourism industry and the subsequent instability of the global oil market.

These downturns increased the importance of ports and airports in MbZ’s grand scheme. Today, re-exports (non-petroleum) account for almost 50 percent of total exports, making maritime security an ultimate priority for UAE foreign policy.

Ultimately, the success of MbZ has been in transforming the UAE from an absolute realm of sand to an absolute realm of glass, and his fortunes can remain intact as long as those glass towers stand.

A coalition of differing goals

When Ansarallah (the Houthis) – a northern Yemeni resistance movement against western and Gulf interventionism – took over the capital city of Sanaa, a coalition spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and the UAE was formed to push back and destroy it.

UAE officials claim that their role in the coalition is to support the ‘legal’ government of Hadi, who was overthrown by the Yemeni people in a popular uprising, and who subsequently sought protection in Riyadh.

Generally speaking, the UAE adamantly opposes any popular Islamic or resistance movements across the region, from the Polisario on the Atlantic Ocean to the Islamic Brotherhood on the Persian Gulf. The UAE has also periodically employed the hollow excuse of ‘restraining Iran’s influence’ to justify their aggressions in Yemen and elsewhere in the region.

However, the real reason for the conflict waged on Yemen by Saudi Arabia and the UAE has little to do with politics – and much more to do with the geography of South Yemen.

It’s all about geography…and location

Along the coastlines of Yemen are ports and islands overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the Horn of Africa, and the Bab al-Mandab strait.

Photo Credit: The Cradle
Division of labor: Saudi interests lie primarily in Yemen’s north; the UAE’s ambitions, in the south.

The foreign policy of the UAE today is determined mainly by maritime trading and security. Control of Yemen’s south will assist the UAE in maintaining its regional trading dominance and will secure the waterways and airports to avoid future vulnerabilities.

Maritime trading will be determined in the upcoming years by the Maritime Silk Road,  which is part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Engineered to connect around 60 countries, the $4 trillion project will bolster the strategically-located Yemen as a vital hub of maritime trading, naturally diminishing the UAE’s location and role.

For the UAE, the three key sites in connection with maritime trading are the Aden governorate, Socotra Island, and Bab al-Mandab strait:

First is Aden province which includes Aden Port City, purported to be part of the Maritime Silk Road. It has the biggest container terminal in Yemen and is located on the Gulf of Aden near one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Aden also now hosts the country’s largest airport after the war coalition in 2015 destroyed the airport in Sanaa. Currently, Aden is under the control of the UAE.

Then there is Socotra, a unique natural and isolated wonder, a well-sized island surrounded by the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. It faces the Horn of Africa from the west, and is also located on one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Currently, Socotra is controlled by the UAE.

Finally, there is the Bab al-Mandab strait, which will be an essential part of the Maritime Silk Road. The strait connects the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, via the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, and is shared by three countries: Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea. Around 20,000 ships pass through the strait each year, and the total petroleum flows through Bab al-Mandab account for nine percent of global supply.

The UAE is currently in control of the Bab al-Mandab strait.

Photo Credit: The Cradle

A colonial strategy that never tires

While the coalition may have ostensibly sought the unity of Yemen by re-establishing what they called the ‘legal’ Hadi government in Sanaa, the intent – at least by the UAE – was quite the opposite.

MbZ’s ambition within the coalition differs significantly from that of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS). Saudi Arabia sought mainly to dismantle Ansarallah, regain Yemen as its pawn, and eliminate any threats that might emerge from its southern border.

But the UAE saw in this war an opportunity to establish an oversized maritime role for itself by deploying the colonial principle of divide and conquer.

The Emiratis achieved their ‘self-styled maritime empire’ in Yemen with the aid of the Southern Movement, which came into existence in 2007. The Southern Movement was formed by tribes and groups seeking to divide Yemen along the old partition lines of 1967–1990.

The movement, however, would soon be restructured to match the aspirations of the UAE, and thus the formation of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) was announced in 2017.

Known for its brutality and ruthlessness, the STC was trained, equipped, and fully funded by the UAE. The council was established to provide the illusion of a governing authority, which could then bestow a semblance of “legitimacy” on the UAE’s unlawful actions in Yemen’s south. The STC even have their own ‘elected’ president in Aden, while Hadi has been holed up in Riyadh since 2015.

Through the STC, the UAE was able to seize both Aden and the island of Socotra. Without the formation of the STC, the UAE would have had absolutely no influence in Yemen.

The takeover of Bab Al Mandab strait, however, took a different route. The UAE established its dominance over the strait simply by building a military base on the tiny and uninhabited island of Perim (Mayyun).

Perim lies on the narrowest corridor of the strait at 26 km (16 miles) wide – and faces Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia to the west. Incidentally, the UAE has also built military bases and ports in both Eritrea (Assab port/base) and Somalia (Berbera port/base), whereas in Djibouti, the UAE established the port of Doraleh in a joint project with China.

With typical colonial-style flair, the UAE took on the ‘guardianship’ of the strait connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

The spoils of war

So how was all this achieved by a 50-year old emirate with a population of just over one million?

Certainly, none of this was possible without an American green light and the complete cluelessness of the Saudi crown prince.

Unlike his Saudi counterpart, MbZ is viewed in Washington (and London, for that matter) as a trustworthy ally who can achieve US foreign policy interests in the region without the public embarrassment associated with MbS.

Accordingly, the Bab al-Mandab strait fell neatly into a vital component of the Cold War 2.0 buildup between China and the US. The Arab ally that can control this essential strait will give the US leverage with which to jeopardize the Maritime Silk Road. Hence, its support for the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

MbZ also knew how to keep the UAE in the shadows by taking advantage – as he always does – of MbS’ inexperience and ignorance in matters related to geopolitics.

While the idea of a Saudi-led coalition and a regional show of force might have initially rung enticingly in the ears of MbS, today, after several costly years, many documented war crimes, and a shattered global reputation, the Saudi crown prince has essentially been cornered in defeat.

This, despite spending billions more than the UAE and taking on a barrage of targeted Yemeni ballistic missiles since 2019, when Ansarallah went on the offensive.

That same year, Ansarallah Leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi warned the UAE not to escalate its attacks on Yemen as the resistance movement’s retaliatory ‘options’ had expanded well beyond Yemen’s borders. The threat itself resulted in a partial withdrawal of Emirati troops, and later a full withdrawal in 2020.

Despite its military withdrawal, the UAE did not lose an inch of its dominance in the south due to the generous support and diplomatic protection it provided to the brutal STC.

Gains and losses 

Official reports indicate that by 2018 the UAE had recorded 112 military personnel deaths and injured soldiers in the thousands.

Further reports indicate that the UAE spends well over $16 billion a year to maintain its dominance in the war on Yemen. Billions of dollars have been spent just on logistics, propaganda, and the amassing of foreign mercenary militias.

Logistics are essential to maintaining the security of the maritime corridors and helping to puppeteer the UAE’s southern minions.

Propaganda is funded by both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, known for their ability and willingness to throw cash at such projects. Global and regional media has been well controlled: it is rare after seven years of war to hear details in mainstream media about Yemen that doesn’t focus primarily on the humanitarian dimension – often blamed on Ansarallah – and it is almost impossible to find analysis or data that highlights the monumental geopolitical and material losses encountered by the various coalition partners.

But the bulk of the UAE bill goes to STC ‘politicians’ who enjoy a life of luxury in a war-torn country in tandem with the 200,000 well-equipped and armed members who, as stated by an Emirati official, are the ‘biggest accomplishment’ of the UAE.

The gains made by the UAE since 2015 are utterly unmatched by its material losses.

The road ahead for the UAE

Both MbZ and MbS assumed the war on Yemen would be a blitz that would end rapidly and allow them to bask in the glory of victory. But for those who know Yemen well, the uncalculated consequences of that rosy, inexpert outlook would quickly emerge to flip the war’s course.

One of these consequences would be the growth of Ansarallah’s military sophistication and capabilities.

Ansarallah first started fighting with light arms, but was gradually able to manufacture its own accurate ballistic missiles and drones. And Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, unlike other leaders, did not hesitate to use these capabilities to strike at Saudi Arabia.

In 2021, Al-Houthi said in a broadcast: “We will liberate all of our country and take back all the areas that were occupied by the enemies. Our enemy’s aim is to subjugate our land to the US, the British and the Israelis.”

Currently, the ongoing battles are in areas surrounding Sanaa province, specifically in Marib. After the Saudi militias are defeated, the next confrontations are likely to be in areas under the control of the UAE.

MbZ will shortly face two choices: First, to withdraw completely from Yemen and cease his support for the STC, thereby losing control over the southern waterways and ports and scuttling his oversized regional ambitions.

His second choice is to take the risk and face Ansarallah’s retaliation, which may result in attacks on facilities and military bases inside and outside the UAE. In this event, tourism and foreign investment sectors in the UAE would be adversely affected, and a new kind of war will commence.

MbZ has prepared for the second option, both militarily and politically. This year alone, the UAE has attempted to conceal multiple military deals related to air defense systems with various countries that include Russia, the US, GreeceIsrael, and South Korea.

The UAE has also invested in manufacturing its own air defense system to counter the threat escalation triggered by its foreign policies.

On the political side, MbZ has recently managed to ease tensions with Iran and Turkey and has allowed China to build a port/base on the shores of the Persian Gulf. He has also struck unmatched cordial relations with Israel, and has – so far, unsuccessfully – tried to invest in an Israeli port that is, ironically, geared to be part of the Maritime Silk Road.

Perhaps, in his own mind, MbZ believes this may gain him more protection from the west and his neighbors, and bestow his maritime schemes with some legitimacy.

However, Mbz’s recent actions to strengthen the UAE’s defensive capabilities suggests that he expects his emirate to take direct hits from Ansarallah.

His friendly diplomatic overtures to neighboring countries is a tactical move on his part to ensure strong condemnation from the international community against any Ansarallah strikes on the UAE. How effective an international response might be as a result of a strike on the UAE remains to be seen. 

The stakes are high for all parties. A coalition loss in Yemen will shake the emirates and monarchies of West Asia and shift the course of the Maritime Silk Road away from the UAE and its allies.

An Ansarallah-ruled Yemen would reap huge material benefits and geopolitical clout from the nation’s strategic location and unexploited natural resources, and would likely seek to establish regional and international ventures with trusted partners in the new multipolar system emerging.

The Saudis are on their way out, leaving the UAE with little cover for their Yemeni project. The current US administration, despite continued arms injections into the war front, is publicly attempting to keep a careful distance.

An Emirati counter using western mercenaries and Israeli special forces, while possible, could delay an Ansarallah victory, but would also invite countless additional consequences. It may even, this time, entirely flip the Arab discourse – already highly critical of “normalization” with Israel – against Abu Dhabi and Gulf monarchies in general.

With Ansarallah attacks on Emirati interests in and around Yemen this past week, the spotlight is now suddenly – certainly uncomfortably – focused on a UAE that prefers its place in the shadows of conflict.

So will the UAE fully withdraw from Yemen, or will MbZ risk shattering the fragile glass towers of his realm?The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

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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العميد سريع يستعرض حصاد 2021: تحوّل إلى العمليات الهجومية النوعية

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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”

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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Yemen: Blast shakes Ataq airport, UAE-backed forces targeted

December 29 2021

Net Source: Al Mayadeen

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An explosion shook Ataq city, the capital of the Shabwah governorate, hours after the arrival of forces belonging to the Giants Brigades.

The blast was not confirmed to have resulted in deaths and injuries.

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported on Tuesday a violent explosion that took place in the airport of Ataq, the capital of the 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 the Al-Islah party forces.

Al Mayadeen correspondent confirmed that the airport was bombed with missiles, although, the blast was not confirmed to have caused deaths and injuries to this moment. The spokesperson of the Giants Brigades denied in a tweet any damages on Ataq Airport.

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

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The member of the Political Council of Ansar Allah confirms in an interview with Al Mayadeen’s Club House that military operations will continue until the liberation of all Yemeni lands.

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The member of the Political Council of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement, Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti, confirmed Tuesday, that the war on Yemen has entered its last phase.

In an interview for Al Mayadeen‘s Club House, Al-Bukhaiti said it is not in the interest of the UAE and Saudi Arabia to continue their war on Yemen but to head toward a peace treaty instead.

He underlined that the aggression’s position in Hodeidah was very fragile, noting that the forces withdrew from the location because they knew that the Yemeni army and the popular committees were going to seize their equipment.

The Yemeni official said countries of the aggression considered that their equipment and hardware are more precious than their mercenaries.

The Yemeni army has the upper hand today

Al-Bukhaiti stressed that military operations will continue until the liberation of all Yemeni lands, affirming that there is no difference between one Yemeni region and another.

He emphasized that “as long as the aggression and siege continue, we will not stop.”

Yemen has become a manufacturer of naval missiles and boats, and the Yemeni forces have anti-ships and anti-Apache helicopters missiles, Al-Bukhaiti pointed out.

The senior Ansar Allah member added that the aggression forces concentrated their forces in Marib while their presence declined in the rest of the regions, and the upper hand today is for the Yemeni army and the popular committees.

He explained that the countries of aggression control the currency printing process and impose a siege on gas and oil wells.

However, he noted that the currency is stable in Sanaa, unlike the areas controlled by the aggression forces.

Al-Bukhaiti: Our freedom and sovereignty is one with the freedom and sovereignty of Palestine

Al-Bukhaiti explained that those who fight in the ranks of the aggression [Saudi coalition] do not receive their wages, but rather promises.

He confirmed that the Yemeni army started developing its own arsenal from scratch, and Yemen has the technology and scientific cadres to manufacture all military equipment.

He also noted that drones and winged missiles are more deadly than jet planes and naval battleships, reiterating that the Yemeni army is now able to manufacture sophisticated military hardware.

The Yemeni official said that there is no difference between the spokesperson for the Saudi coalition forces and the Israeli chief of staff, emphasizing that “our freedom and sovereignty in Yemen is part of the freedom and sovereignty of Palestine.” 

The member of the Political Council of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement concluded that a peaceful option is still on the table, but it is linked to the cessation of aggression against Yemen.

البخيتي لـ”كلوب هاوس” الميادين: حريتنا من حرية فلسطين.. والحرب دخلت مرحلتها الأخيرة

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عضو المجلس السياسي لأنصار الله محمد البخيتي يؤكد، في حديث إلى “كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أنّ “معادلة الردع تثبّتت بعد تطوير اليمن قدراته الصاروخية”

  • البخيتي لـ”كلوب هاوس” الميادين: “ما دام العدوان والحصار قائمين فنحن لن نتوقّف”.

أكد عضو المجلس السياسي لـ”أنصار الله” في اليمن، محمد البخيتي، اليوم الثلاثاء، أنّ “الحرب على اليمن دخلت مرحلتها الأخيرة”.

وأضاف أنّ “وضع قوى العدوان في الحديدة كان ضعيفاً جداً، وانسحبت لأنها علمت بأن قوات الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبيّة كانت ستستولي على معدّاتها”، مشيراً إلى أنّ “دول العدوان اعتبرت أن ثمن المعدّات والآليّات أغلى من مرتزقتهم”.

وقال البخيتي في حديثٍ له إلى “كلوب هاوس” الميادين، إنّ “كل طرف يسعى لاستخدام كل قوته العسكرية، ونحن نقابل العدوان بالتصعيد”، لافتاً إلى أنه “لم يعد من مصلحة الإمارات والسعوديّة الاستمرار في الحرب، بل الذهاب إلى اتفاق سلام”. 

وشدد البخيتي على أنّ “العمليّات العسكرية ستستمر حتى تحرير كل الأراضي اليمنيّة، ولا فرق بين منطقة وأخرى”، مؤكداً أنه “ما دام العدوان والحصار قائمين فنحن لن نتوقّف”.

كما لفت إلى أنّ اليمن “أصبح دولة مصنّعة للصواريخ البحريّة والزوارق”، مضيفاً أنّ “القوات اليمنية أصبح لديها مضادات للسفن وطائرات الأباتشي”.

وأضاف البخيتي أنّ “قوات العدوان ركزت قوّاتها في مأرب في وقت تراجع حضورها في سائر المناطق”، مؤكداً أنّ “اليد الطولى اليوم هي للجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبيّة”.

وأشار إلى أنّ “دول العدوان تتحكّم في طباعة العملة، وتُحْكِم حصارها على آبار الغاز والنفط”، لافتاً إلى أنّ “العملة مستقرّة في مناطق نفوذ صنعاء، على عكس المناطق التي تقع تحت سلطة العدوان”.

البخيتي: أصبحنا قادرين على صناعة الأجهزة العسكرية الحساسة

وأوضح البخيتي أنّ “معادلة الردع تثبّتت بعد تطوير اليمن قدراته الصاروخية”، مضيفاً أنّ “معظم الذين يقاتلون في في صفوف العدوان لم يحصلوا على أجورهم، بل على وعود من قوى العدوان”.

وأكد “أنّنا بدأنا تطوير ترسانتنا من الصفر”، مشدداً على أنّ “اليمن أصبح يمتلك التقنيّة والكوادر العلميّة لتصنيع كل المعدّات العسكرية”.

وأضاف البخيتي أنّ “الطائرات المسيّرة والصواريخ المجنّحة أكثر فتكاً من الطائرات النفاثة والبوارج البحرية”، متابعاً “أصبحنا قادرين على صناعة الأجهزة العسكريّة الحساسة”.

كما لفت إلى أن “لا فارق بين خطاب تركي المالكي ورئيس الأركان الإسرائيلي”، مؤكداً أنّ “حريتنا وسيادتنا في اليمن هما من حرية فلسطين وسيادتها”. 

وشدّد البخيتي على أنه “حين نقول إننا سنؤدّب السعودية في الرياض، فإننا نقرن قولنا بفعلنا، وانتصارنا المقبل سيؤكّد ذلك”، مضيفاً أنّ “الخيار السلمي ما زال مطروحاً، لكنّه مقرون بتوقّف العدوان علينا”.

وتابع البخيتي “أننا نكنّ لإخواننا السودانيين كل المحبّة والاحترام، ونعلم بأنهم غير راضين عن دخول حكومتهم في الحرب ضدنا”.

وأكد أنّ “الشعبين اليمني والسعودي شعب واحد، ولا علاقة للشعب السعودي بالنظام الحاكم للمملكة”، وأضاف أن “على الشعب السعودي أن يتحرّك ضد النظام الظالم في المملكة”، ويجب ان يكون لهذا الشعب “مواقف أخلاقيّة صحيحة”.

‘No Roof, No Seats, No Desks’: Photographing Yemen’s Conflict-hit Schools

December 28 2021

By Bethan McKernan – The Guardian

Their classroom has no roof, no seats, no desks; most of the 50 small children sitting on the rubble-strewn floor have no pens or paper. But the students in this makeshift school in Hays, a village in Yemen’s Hodeidah province, are still among the luckiest in the country simply for having a teacher and a place to learn.

Seven years into a catastrophic war that sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Yemen’s conflict shows no signs of ending soon, and the future of an entire generation is at risk of being destroyed. About 3 million children are unable to attend school, according to the Red Cross, with 8.1 million needing urgent educational assistance.

“There is a huge pressure to leave school to work to support the family,” says Yemeni Agence France-Presse photographer, Khaled Ziad, who took the picture in September. “Some children in Yemen are now 10 years old and they’ve never had the chance to enroll in any school. If families don’t have money for food or medicine and hospital fees, how can they afford education expenses?”

The UN has yet to make an official declaration of famine in Yemen because there is not enough reliable data to meet the technical definition. But 16.2 million people – around half the population – are food insecure, and fluctuating pockets of famine-like conditions have left nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five acutely malnourished. Weakened immune systems also make infants susceptible to Yemen’s devastating outbreaks of cholera and dengue fever: most people say Covid-19 is the least of their concerns.

Yemeni childhoods are ending earlier and earlier. The average age of marriage for girls in some rural areas was just 14, even before the conflict broke out, and has only dropped since.

Most of the children getting basic literacy and numeracy lessons in Hays had already been displaced from other areas, Ziad says, as families attempt to flee the fighting.

“Students do not feel safe while they get lessons. They can’t afford supplies. Schools are destroyed, homes are destroyed … years go by, and there is still no chance to get a proper education,” Ziad says.

Civil servant salaries in some areas have not been paid in several years, meaning many teachers and doctors effectively continue to work for free. While Yemen has about 170,000 teachers across primary and secondary schools, about two-thirds do not receive regular salaries.

“The teachers say that, even though they don’t have salaries and the conditions are harsh, they feel there is a responsibility to keep working. If they leave education, they know the disaster would be even greater,” Ziad says. “They continue to perform an important duty.”

Ziad, who lives in the nearby city of Hodeidah, says that he hopes his work as a photographer will help the world understand Yemen’s tragedy. He worries constantly about what the future holds for his two-year-old son.

“If the war continues, I do not think that my child or the rest of the children in Hodeidah will be able to have a better future. It has to end,” he says.

Saudi expert defends intensified bombardment in Yemen, Ansarullah vows painful response

December 27, 2021

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During a recent political talk show on RT Arabic, Saudi military expert Mohammad al-Qabibaan defended the recent intense escalation of the Saudi-led coalition’s bombardment campaign in Yemen, describing the relentless airstrikes of recent weeks as “successful operations” designed to force the Houthi Ansarullah movement to sit down at the negotiating table.

For his part, Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, a representative from the Sana’a-led Media Ministry, said that the Yemeni Army had no choice but to respond to the intensified coalition bombardment that was targeting innocent civilians and his country’s civil infrastructure, and vowed that the army ‘will respond by striking locations’ that hurt Riyadh.

Source: RT Arabic (YouTube)

Date: 26 December, 2021

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Transcript:

Mohammad al-Qabibaan, Saudi Military Expert:

I believe this (Saudi-led) escalation is the correct path, in order to say force the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table, this is one. Point two: this (escalation) is not carried out for the sake of revenge – thanks be to God, whatever is fired at the (Saudi) Kingdom from missiles and mortars is being dealt with and with great expertise. However, the purpose (of this escalation) is to support the peace process.

The international community calls for peace; the international community and the UN envoy and all sides call for sitting at the negotiating table. These special operations that the (Saudi-led) coalition is carrying out, occurred after the statement of our brother (General) Turki (al-Malki) that there will be operations of restraint by Saudi officials and the coalition, so that the Houthis and those who support the Houthis may come to understand that there is a desire for peace, and I believe you remember Mr Mohammad (the RT host) the proposal put forward by the coalition states. So in my opinion, I believe these operations have been successful, and they call upon the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table…

Host:

Okay, ‘successful operations’… but what supports this new strategic approach by the coalition which exposes many civilian sites (to airstrikes)? The images that we are seeing, at least those that are coming from the other side, (appear to reveal) the targeting of civilians and civil infrastructure, roads, bridges, hospitals…I mean, this is what the images show?…

Mohammad al-Qabibaan, Saudi Military Expert:

Frankly speaking this is not new in terms of the behaviour of the Houthis, in how it benefits from civilian sites and hospitals, schools, and even mosques, in order to hide its weapons, recoup its plans and spread out it (capabilities) as it sees fit. So (the Houthis) benefitted from this, and the international community usually looks towards the side that wields greater power, and (expects it) to practice more restraint, and that it avoid targeting civilian sites.

The (Saudi-led) coalition announced, and gave a deadline, and also confirmed to the international community that it was the Houthis who were moving the battle into populated areas by using such sites. Yesterday or before yesterday, brother (General Turki) Malki announced that the Houthis had six hours to remove its weapons from where? From sports facilities. This is the biggest proof that the (Saudi-led coalition’s) intelligence (apparatus) is working really well and in cooperation with its partners in Yemen, and that these weapons were stored in such locations. This to some extent may affect the reports that the UN humanitarian team produces, and they may benefit from reports that say the coalition forces carried out such operations. Otherwise, I reassure you that the coalition states are carrying out operations back by intelligence (information), operations which send a message that the Houthis may understand.

Host:

Okay that’s clear, I move now to Mr Nasr al-deen. With regards to these latest developments, in your opinion, what are the reasons for this escalation that is unprecedented at least in recent times? Could we say that one of the major reasons (for this escalation) is the (developments in the battle) for Ma’rib?

Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, (Yemeni) Media Ministry Representative:

In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful. There is no doubt that when we wish to analyse such issues, we must not forget the stance of America. Because from the very first moment this war came from Washington, was announced in Washington, and is directed from Washington. This escalation would not have come – and in this form – if it were not for the frank statements issued by the American envoy to Yemen, who it was said was coming for the sake of peace. (The US envoy) called upon what he called the ‘Yemenis’ to confront the Houthis. He called for war, escalation, the escalation of the fighting, (only) then did these (airstrikes) come with such intensity.

As for the (potential) consequences of (this heavy escalation of airstrikes) on the various fronts (of the battle), I believe this (airstrike campaign) has an impact, however, (these strikes) cannot be justified at all because we are liberating Yemeni land. After all we are responding to (foreign) aggression and liberating Yemeni land.

Furthermore, these airstrikes are absolutely not targeting weapons stockpiles, as your guest and the (Saudi-led) coalition claims. The (Saudi-led) coalition stated with regards to Al Thawra Sports City and the Al Thawra Sports Stadium, that it contained weapons (stockpiles). I personally called on all media outlets working in Sana’a, and I personally went with them to that area from the very first moment after this announcement was made, and no (weapons) were found at all. Similarly, all the sites that (the Saudi coalition) is targeting are (say) main roads, while they say they are ‘weapons storage facilities’. They call bakeries ‘weapons storage facilities’. Children are killed, then that say ‘weapons storage facilities’. in these locations. This is a narrative which they got use to repeating in order to justify their crimes, yet this does not change the reality and we have the right to respond to these massacres. In addition, we have no concern for the condemnations coming out of the American and French embassies, because they have no sense of (human) feelings whatsoever, because they are glutted with Saudi money and oil, and thus (their condemnations) will not have any effect, and (our) operations in response will continue.

Host:

Okay, how will this situation be dealt with? Is Ansarullah capable of bearing further strikes, whether strikes targeting civilians or military sites or civilian sites being used as military sites, we saw how the (Saudi) coalition has said that it has widened the list of targets that it has, meaning that the campaign will go on until they manage to force the Houthis to sit at the negotiating table, as Mr Mohammad said?

 Nasr al-deen ‘Aamir, (Yemeni) Media Ministry Representative:

Let me tell you something. We admit that they know what hurts us. (The targeting) of civilians hurts us, yes correct. (The targeting) of children hurts us, yes correct. The siege targeting and starving the Yemeni people hurts us, yes that’s correct. However, we are in a very difficult situation. (Yet) we know what hurts them (too). And we will strike the areas that hurt them. They themselves know the areas that hurt them, because they are concerned with their wealth and not their people. Why do we not target the Saudi people? Because we know that (their rulers) do not care about them. They target that which hurts us, that is, the Yemeni civilians.

Ultimately, this war was imposed upon us and we must fight. Our decisions (are in reality) seeking (a just, lasting) peace. We wish and call always for peace. However, (this war) has been imposed upon us. When the civilians, roads, children and women are struck, what are we suppose to do? Stand and smile at them? We must respond. This is a religious, moral, constitutional and principled commitment by the Yemeni Army, that it respond to these massacres, and the whole world does not concern (the Yemeni Army) and nor will it affect (its resolve).

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Saudi-led coalition claims Hezbollah provides technical support for Yemen’s Ansarallah

Despite the claims made by the Saudi-led coalition, many are questioning aspects of the alleged ‘evidence’ provided by the coalition

FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, the remains of an Iranian Qasef-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, used as a one-way attack to dive on targets and then detonating its warhead, which was fired by Yemen into Saudi Arabia, according to then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, is seen during a press briefing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington. Saudi Arabia said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom on Tuesday, May, 14, 2019, shortly after Yemen’s rebels claimed a coordinated drone attack on the Sunni power. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

December 27 2021

ByNews Desk-

On 26 December, the Saudi-led coalition released footage that purportedly serves as evidence of Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah aiding Yemen’s Ansarallah movement in their fight against aggressions inflicted by Saudi Arabia on Yemen.

According to coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki, the unverified video allegedly shows “the headquarters of Iranian and Hezbollah experts at [Sanaa] airport,” where, he claims, “Hezbollah is training [Ansarallah fighters] to booby-trap and use drones.

However, soon after the footage was released, many across social media platforms began raising concerns about its validity, specifically citing the questionable accent of the alleged Hezbollah leader, which is unlike that of a Lebanese person.

Others have highlighted that the video is actually playing a voiceover over the original audio, and questions are also being raised about the reasons why secret Hezbollah operatives would be using a laptop emblazoned with their organization’s flag.

The accusations lobbied by coalition leaders against Hezbollah comes as the Yemeni Armed Forces have recently improved their drone and ballistic missile capabilities.

Earlier this month, ballistics missiles launched by the Yemeni Armed Forces reached as far as the kingdom’s capital Riyadh and other major cities, including Jeddah.

In retaliation, the Saudi-led coalition has been launching nightly airstrikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa, often targeting residential neighborhoods and leaving behind several civilian casualties.

On 22 December, the coalition airstrikes caused severe damage to Sanaa’s airport, which put a stop to the delivery of UN relief supplies to the war-torn nation.

But despite the ongoing attacks by the kingdom’s superior air force, the Yemeni army and allied Popular Committees have been making significant advances against the coalition troops.

On 26 December, the Yemeni army spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced the liberation of Al-Jawf province, which sits on Yemen’s northern border with the kingdom.

Meanwhile, in central Marib province, coalition troops have been on the retreat as Ansarallah fighters are currently holding position just outside the capital of the province.

Yemeni Forces Fully Liberate Al-Jawf Province in Wide-Scale Operation

 December 26, 2021

Spokesman of Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Sarea (photo from archive)

Yemeni Armed Forces announced on Sunday the full liberation of Al-Jawf province in following a wide-scale operation in the area.

Military spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said the Yemeni Armed Forces managed to liberate Al-Yatma and surrounding areas in Al-Jawf during a large-scale operation in the area.

The area of the liberated region during Op. Fajr Al-Sahra (Dawn of the Desert) is more than 1,200 square kilometers, Saree said, noting that Saudi-led forces and mercenaries were inflicted huge losses.

Huge amount of weapons was seized in the operation, the spokesman said, stressing that the Yemeni forces “won’t hesitate to carry out more operations as part of their legitimate right to defend their land.”

“Escalation to me be met with escalation,” Saree said.

Talking to Al-Manar, Member of Ansarullah politburo Mohammad Al-Bakhiti said the balance of power has tipped in favor of the revolutionaries following the operation in Al-Jawf in the Arab impoverished country.

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 Saudi-led airstrikes.

The Arab country has been also under harsh blockade b 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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Yemen hits ‘sensitive’ Saudi sites, vows more ‘painful’ retaliation

 December 25, 2021

Yemen hits ‘sensitive’ Saudi sites, vows more ‘painful’ retaliation

Yemen’s army has warned Saudi Arabia it will respond with strength after the kingdom launched a “large-scale” assault on the impoverished nation.

“We promise the Saudi regime painful operations as long as it continues its aggression and crimes,” said armed forces spokesman Yahya Sare’e on Saturday.

He said the Yemeni army had struck important and sensitive sites in the Saudi port city of Jizan with modern precision-guided missiles in retaliation.

The retaliatory attack follows intensified Saudi airstrikes against Yemen in the past few days.

Yemeni officials condemned Saudi airstrikes on hospitals and medical centers in the capital Sana’a as “war crimes”, calling on international organizations to intervene and stop them.

Spokesman for the Supreme Council for the Administration and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Talat al-Sharjabi said that the Saudi aerial attacks, which deliberately target medical facilities, constitute war crimes and are meant to increase the suffering of the Yemeni nation.

“As the Saudi-led coalition intensifies its attacks on Sana’a, we have complained to international institutions about the decrease in delivery of humanitarian aid to poor people and Yemeni hospitals,” he said.

Director General of the Public Health and Population Office in Sana’a Dr. Mutahar al-Marwani said the Saudi airstrikes on hospitals are a deliberate attempt to put pressure on the Yemeni health sector, which is currently suffering from the devastating Saudi war and brutal siege.

He said all medical diagnostic imaging centers are closed down in Sana’a, and thousands of patients have been adversely affected as a result.

Early on Friday, Saudi warplanes targeted an area close to al-Alia Medical Center in the Yemeni capital, severely damaging nearby buildings.

A medical source, who preferred not to be named, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the strikes had caused panic and fear among patients and medical staff.

The Saudi strikes, the source added, had put the medical center out of service.

Three Yemeni civilians killed in new airstrikes

On Saturday, Saudi warplanes carried out a fresh wave of airstrikes against various areas across Yemen, killing at least three civilians.

They struck a facility belonging to the Public Telecommunications Corporation in the western province of Mahwit Saturday, leaving six others injured, al-Masirah TV reported.

Saudi military aircraft also targeted Mahazer area in the Sahar district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada, but there were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage.

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 Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, Yemeni armed forces have grown steadily in strength and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Yemeni armed forces spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced that “The Yemeni missile forces managed to demolish very important and sensitive sites in Saudi Jizan with three ballistic missiles of high accuracy and advanced technology.”

According to Saree, “The missiles hit its targets.”

Saree stressed that this targeting comes within the framework of the legitimate response to the crimes and escalation of the Saudi-American aggression and its siege on Yemen.

The Yemeni official promised “The Saudi regime with painful operations as long as it persists and continues in its brutal aggression and crimes.”

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Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemen’s Marib Heavily

Dec 22 2021

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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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الثلاثاء 21 12 2021

 ناصر قنديل

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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Yemeni Resistance Pounds Several Saudi Cities in Retaliatory Operations

Dec 20 2021

By Staff, Agencies

The forces of the Yemeni resistance launched intense retaliatory fire against several Saudi Arabian cities, using ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Reporting on Sunday, al-Alam television network cited Saudi sources as saying “several explosions rang out in the [southwestern] Saudi cities of Jizan and Khamis Mushait.”

Yemen’s own War Media outlet confirmed targeting several Saudi cities with missiles and drones.

The counterstrikes shut down Jizan’s airport, where many incoming aircraft were barred from landing.

News sources affiliated with the Saudi kingdom, meanwhile, alleged that the country’s air defense had intercepted and destroyed two drones that were flying towards the Abha International Airport in Asir, another southwestern Saudi Arabian region.

Enjoying complete arms, logistical, and political support from the United States, Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies started a war against Yemen in March 2015.

The military campaign has been seeking to restore power to Yemen’s former Washington and Riyadh-aligned officials.

The war has stopped way short of the goal, while killing tens of thousands of Yemenis in the process and pushing the entire Yemen close to the brink of outright famine.

The Yemeni armed forces and their allies have vowed, though, not to lay down their arms until Yemen’s complete liberation from the Saudi-led aggression.

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