SAUDI ARABIA SUFFERS FROM HOUTHI ATTACKS. IS THERE A NEW JOB FOR TURKEY’S MERCENARIES?

South Front

12.04.2021 

Yemen’s Ansar Allah give the impression that it has an endless supply of drones.

The Houthis (as Ansar Allah is also known) appear to be adept at using them, if their own claims are to be entirely trusted.

On April 11th, two Qasef-2K drones were used to separately target the Jizan Airport and the King Khalid Airbase.

The Jizan Airport is a new target that has recently come up in reports of Houthi attacks.

The location includes hangars containing Saudi warplanes.

The King Khalid Airbase in ‘Asir suffers from the Houthi drone attacks more frequently, and has been subject of attacks at least 4 times in separate incidents since April 1st.

On April 9th, the Jizan Airport was targeted for the first time, and so was the Abha International Airport.

The Houthis are using their drones to disturb the aerial operations of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Riyadh generally either denies these reports of attacks or says they were ineffective, while Ansar Allah claims they successfully fulfilled their mission.

Clashes on the ground continue in Yemen, with the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis fighting in the Madghal district, and in the southern Kadhah district.

Saudi Arabia attempts to dig out every reason why its war in Yemen is failing, and on April 10th announced the execution of three of its soldiers for “high treason”.

They were allegedly collabarating with an enemy against Riyadh’s military interests.

They could have been in contact with the Houthis or with Iran.

This is practically the same, as Tehran supports Ansar Allah.

This means that Riyadh can’t fully trust its own armed forces, and it could require some help, in the form of mercenaries.

The militants in Syria that Turkey deploys and uses in small-scale conflicts such as Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh could be potential candidates for this.

Turkey, under Egyptian pressure, is expected to withdraw the mercenaries from Libya.

According to reports, it will do so within the next 5 months.

Separately, a video showing Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries complaining for not getting paid after fighting for Azerbaijan went viral.

Immediately after it gained popularity, these same militants released a video saying that the news was fabricated, and that they never fought in Nagorno-Karabakh to begin with.

According to unnamed Yemeni intelligence sources, terrorists from Syria were expected to join the Saudi-led coalition in early April.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was reportedly waiting for new militants to arrive in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan to latter send them to Marib.

Today, many Turkish-backed mercenaries are sitting idly, unemployed.

This could mean either bad news for Syria, which will have to deal with them, or Ankara might decide to send them to Riyadh, if it “asks” for assistance.

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News – Middle East: Oil prices rose, Monday, after the Yemeni Armed Forces announced the implementation of a large-scale military operation in the depths of Saudi Arabia, which targeted the facilities of the Saudi oil company “Aramco” in Jeddah and Jubail.

According to “RT” website, oil prices changed direction after the announcement of the operation, as they were in the red trading, in the morning.

According to Bloomberg data, US West Texas Intermediate crude rose 0.22% to $ 59.45 a barrel, while Brent crude rose 0.38% to $ 63.19 a barrel.

The Yemeni armed forces announced, earlier, Monday, the implementation of the “Thirty of Shaaban” operation, in response to the escalation of US-Saudi aggression and its unjust siege.

Thirty of Shaaban Operation Hits Saudi Depth with 17 Drones, Ballistic Missiles

Thirty of Shaaban Operation Hits Saudi Depth with 17 Drones, Ballistic Missiles

News – Yemen: Yemeni Armed Forces announced, Monday, the implementation of the “Thirty of Shaaban” operation, which targeted the Saudi depth, in response to the escalation of the US-Saudi aggression and its unjust siege.

The Armed Forces spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, said in a statement that Thirty of Shaaban Operation was carried out by 17 drones and ballistic missiles.

He indicated that Aramco’s refineries in Jeddah and Jubail were hit with 10 Sammad-3-type drones, and sensitive military sites in Khamis Mushait and Jizan regions were also hit with 5 Qasif-2k-type drones and two Badr 1 ballistic missiles.

He pointed out that the operation lasted from yesterday evening until dawn today, Monday, and it has successfully achieved its objectives.

The Yemeni armed forces reiterated that their operations are continuing and escalating as long as the aggression and siege on our country continues.

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Could Turkish involvement in Yemen free Saudi Arabia?

2018 Istanbul protest against Saudi actions in Yemen
Could Turkey help out Saudi Arabia in Yemen? Just 28 months ago, as seen here on Nov. 11, 2018, Turks were chanting slogans and holding posters in protest of Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen outside the Saudi Consulate. The October 2018 murder of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi inside the consulate had helped push attention to the war in Yemen.


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Fehim Tastekin

April 2, 2021

In part as a result of the Biden administration’s shifting policies toward Iran and Washington’s decision to temporarily freeze and review weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over the Yemeni war, Ankara is aiming to turn Saudi Arabia’s growing international isolation to Turkey’s advantage.

Some Syrian opposition sources claim Turkey might transfer Syrian fighters to Yemen to fight alongside the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels. The immediate interpretation of these claims might be that Turkey is extending an olive branch to Saudi Arabia following a yearslong frostiness in relations.

The second interpretation might be that Ankara is signaling to Tehran Turkey’s disgruntlement over Iranian military activities in Iraq and Syria. Iran believes Russia made too many concessions to Turkey on Syria and has overtly expressed its opposition against Turkish military operations in Iraq, prompting diplomatic bickering between Ankara and Tehran.

Possible Turkish involvement in the Yemeni war might provide Saudi Arabia the face-saving exit from the conflict that Riyadh has been looking for. Reportedly, Turkey’s support might also include Turkish armed drones that have been game changers in the Libyan and Azeri-Armenian conflicts.

The Yemeni Al-Islah Party — the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood — has been asking Turkey to step into the fray. However, the United Arab Emirates has long opposed the Al-Islah Party’s cooperation in the conflict, while Saudi Arabia has only reluctantly accepted cooperation to date. 

Saudi officials have reportedly been advised to improve ties with Turkey after a chilliness with the Biden administration developed as a result of the administration’s positive messages on the Iranian nuclear deal, the release of a CIA report exposing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the Jamal Khashoggi murder and the decision to lift the Houthis from the US list of foreign terrorist groups. The pro-government Turkish media has also trumpeted a narrative that Riyadh “desperately needs” Turkey.

While the idea of sending Syrian fighters to Yemen may be mere speculation, there have been a number of claims about the matter. Citing a source from the Syrian armed group Sultan Suleiman Shah, the North Press Agency reported that the Syrian National Army, a rebel group backed by Turkey, “has been working for weeks to prepare dozens of militants to send to Yemen.” According to the report, fighters have been offered salaries up to $2,500 a month and were told they were going to be positioned on the Yemeni-Saudi border and not participate in the clashes. It’s worth mentioning that Syrian fighters who were sent to Azerbaijan had also been told that they did not have to participate in the fighting, only to find themselves on the front lines.

Similarly, the Violations Documentation Center in Northern Syria said Turkey’s intelligence agency assigned an opposition commander to recruit fighters to be sent to Yemen. According to the report, the fighters were offered $2,500 monthly; $100 of this amount would be deducted for document expenses, fighters would receive $400 in cash initially and the remaining $2,000 would be paid to their families after the move to Yemen.

Journalist Lindsey Snell shared a voice recording that reportedly belongs to a Sultan Murad Brigades commander in which he seeks identification documents from his fighters who “wish to go to Yemen.” Snell said in a tweet accompanying the recording, “This happened in the couple weeks before Azerbaijan, too.” This was in reference to the transfer of Syrian fighters to the Azeri-Armenian conflict. Social media is abuzz with similar claims. 

Meanwhile, a Turkish armed drone was downed by Houthi rebels in al-Jawf region, further fanning claims about possible Turkish involvement in the conflict. Houthi military spokesman Col. Yahya Saree said the downed drone was a Turkish-built Vestel Karayel aircraft. 

Yet Saudi Arabia acquired these drones as part of a contract worth $200 million that Vestel Defense signed with Riyadh last year. According to the Saudi General Authority for Defense Industries, Riyadh is aiming to build up to 40 armed drones in five years, with six of them planned to be built in 2021.  

Despite rife speculation, there is no official confirmation that Baykar Makina, the manufacturer of the Bayraktar drones used in Libya and the northern Caucasus, will play a role in the Yemen conflict. 

According to Deutsche Welle Arabic, the Al-Islah party, might have played a mediator role in the recent Saudi Arabia-Turkey rapprochement. Citing former Yemeni Transportation Minister Saleh al Yemeni’s remarks to local Yemeni media, Deutsche Welle Arabic reported that an alliance between Turkey and Saudi Arabia in Yemen was “imminent” after disagreements surfaced between UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Riyadh. The UAE media, meanwhile, paints these news reports as Muslim Brotherhood propaganda. 

According to the London-based Al Arab newspaper, Turkey, Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood network are relying on increasing concerns of the Saudi side following the US policy shift on the Yemeni war and Houthi rebels’ advances toward the oil- and gas-rich Marib region. The newspaper said the first call for Saudi-Turkish cooperation in Yemen came from one of the Al-Islah Party leaders who lives in Istanbul. Hamid al-Ahmar told Al Jazeera that Saudi Arabia turned to Turkey for advanced weapons after the US weapons freeze.

The UAE, like Egypt, is insisting that Turkey should cut its support to the Muslim Brotherhood to mend relations with Abu Dhabi. However, the Emiratis’ diminishing support for Khalifa Hifter in Libya and its decision to pull back from a military base in Eritrea that was key to Yemeni operations could be a manifestation of a downgrade in the UAE’s regional ambitions.

Muslim Brotherhood groups’ desire to draw Turkey into the Yemeni conflict, meanwhile, seems quite clear. Al Jazeera commentator Faisal al Kasim trumpeted that the balance of power on the ground in Yemen would change as soon as “Turkey has started to step into the Yemeni file.” Turkish-based Egyptian journalist Jamal Sultan claimed that Turkish-built Bayrak drones were spotted in Yemeni skies.

Pro-government Turkish media outlets sing a similar tune. The Yeni Safak daily, a governmental mouthpiece, claimed that Saudi Arabia was left alone in the Yemeni conflict. “Saudi Arabia has lost its fear of Turkey,” the paper wrote, “Turkey is the only country that could save Saudi Arabia from the mess it is in.”

Burhanettin Duran — a member of a foreign policy board advising the president and head of the pro-government think-tank SETA — argued that Gulf policies to restrain Iran and Turkey have failed. The Saudis “now need Turkey to fight off Iran’s expansionist policies in the region including in Yemen,” according to Duran. 

The Iranian media also appears to take claims of Turkish involvement in the Yemen conflict seriously. Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported that Saudi authorities have decided to put aside differences with their Turkish counterparts to cooperate with Ankara on the Yemen file.

Although mutual Turkish Saudi interests could spell a new beginning in Ankara-Riyadh ties, the lack of any official acknowledgment is an indication of reluctance and caution on both sides. Defusing a confrontation of some seven years between Turkey and Arab countries requires comprehensive consideration as the “Arab skepticism” that was fanned by Turkey’s expansionist ambitions in the region still is in play and appears to shape Arab countries’ approach to Turkey.


“المونيتور”: هل تتدخل تركيا في اليمن لإنقاذ السعودية؟

الكاتب: فهيم تستكين

المصدر: المونيتور 6 نيسان 14:54

يجادل الإخوان المسلمون ومصادر مقربة من الحكومة التركية بأن السعودية يمكن أن تجد مخرجاً لحفظ ماء وجهها في الصراع اليمني من خلال التعاون مع تركيا.

أتراك يحتجون أمام القنصلية السعودية في اسطنبول عام 2018.
أتراك يحتجون أمام القنصلية السعودية في اسطنبول عام 2018
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كتب الصحافي التركي فهيم تستكين مقالة في موقع “المونيتور” الأميركي قال فيها إن تركيا تسعى إلى تحويل العزلة الدولية المتزايدة للسعودية لصالحها، وذلك في أعقاب سياسات إدارة الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن المتغيرة تجاه إيران وقرار واشنطن بتجميد ومراجعة مبيعات الأسلحة إلى السعودية مؤقتاً بسبب الحرب اليمنية.

وأضاف الكاتب أن بعض مصادر المعارضة السورية تزعم أن تركيا قد تنقل مقاتلين سوريين إلى اليمن للقتال إلى جانب التحالف الذي تقوده السعودية ضد الحوثيين. وقد يكون التفسير الفوري لهذه الادعاءات هو أن تركيا تمدّ غصن زيتون إلى السعودية بعد سنوات من الجمود في العلاقات.

أما التفسير الثاني فقد يكون أن أنقرة تشير إلى استياء تركيا من الأنشطة العسكرية الإيرانية في العراق وسوريا. وتعتقد إيران أن روسيا قدمت الكثير من التنازلات لتركيا بشأن سوريا وأعربت صراحةً عن معارضتها للعمليات العسكرية التركية في العراق، مما أثار مشاحنات دبلوماسية بين أنقرة وطهران.

ورأى الكاتب أن التورط التركي المحتمل في الحرب اليمنية للسعودية قد يوفر مخرجاً من الصراع كانت الرياض تبحث عنه ويحفظ لها ماء وجهها. وبحسب ما ورد، فقد يشمل دعم تركيا كذلك طائرات مسلحة تركية بدون طيار كانت بمثابة تغيير لقواعد اللعبة في النزاعين الليبي والأذري-الأرميني.

ويطالب حزب الإصلاح اليمني – الفرع اليمني للإخوان المسلمين – تركيا بالدخول في المعركة. ومع ذلك، لطالما عارضت الإمارات العربية المتحدة التعاون مع حزب الإصلاح في الحرب ضد “أنصار الله”، بينما قبلت السعودية على مضض التعاون معه حتى الآن.

وأضاف الكاتب أنه ورد أن المسؤولين السعوديين نُصحوا بتحسين العلاقات مع تركيا بعد أن تطورت حالة من النفور من إدارة بايدن نتيجة للرسائل الإيجابية للإدارة بشأن الاتفاق النووي الإيراني، وصدور تقرير لوكالة الاستخبارات المركزية الأميركية يفضح دور ولي العهد السعودي الأمير محمد بن سلمان في جريمة قتل جمال خاشقجي وقرار رفع “انصار الله” الحوثيين من القائمة الأميركية للجماعات الإرهابية الأجنبية. كما روجت وسائل الإعلام التركية الموالية للحكومة لرواية مفادها أن الرياض “بحاجة ماسة” إلى تركيا.

وقال الكاتب إنه في حين أن فكرة إرسال مقاتلين سوريين إلى اليمن قد تكون مجرد تكهنات، إلا أن هناك عدداً من المزاعم حول الأمر. فقد نقلت وكالة “نورث برس” عن مصدر من الجماعة المسلحة السورية التي تدعى “سلطان سليمان شاه”، أن “الجيش الوطني السوري”، وهو جماعة معارضة تدعمها تركيا، “يعمل منذ أسابيع لإعداد عشرات المسلحين لإرسالهم إلى اليمن”. وبحسب التقرير، عُرض على المقاتلين رواتب تصل إلى 2500 دولار شهرياً وقيل لهم إنهم سيتمركزون على الحدود اليمنية السعودية ولن يشاركوا في الاشتباكات. ومن الجدير بالذكر أن المقاتلين السوريين الذين تم إرسالهم إلى أذربيجان تم إخبارهم أيضاً أنه ليس عليهم المشاركة في القتال، فقط ليجدوا أنفسهم في الخطوط الأمامية.

بدوره، قال مركز توثيق الانتهاكات في شمال سوريا إن وكالة الاستخبارات التركية كلفت أحد قادة المعارضة بتجنيد مقاتلين لإرسالهم إلى اليمن. وبحسب التقرير، عرض على المقاتلين 2500 دولار شهرياً حيث سيتم خصم 100 دولار من هذا المبلغ لتغطية نفقات المستندات، وسيحصل المقاتلون على 400 دولار نقداً في البداية، وسيتم دفع مبلغ 2000 دولار المتبقي لعائلاتهم بعد الانتقال إلى اليمن.

وشاركت الصحافية ليندسي سنيل تسجيلاً صوتياً يُقال إنه يعود إلى قائد في “كتائب السلطان مراد” السورية الموالية لتركيا يسعى فيه للحصول على وثائق هوية من مقاتليه الذين “يرغبون في الذهاب إلى اليمن”. وقالت سنيل في تغريدة مصاحبة للتسجيل، “حدث هذا في الأسبوعين السابقين لأذربيجان كذلك”. كان هذا في إشارة إلى نقل مقاتلين سوريين إلى الصراع الأذري الأرمني. كما أن وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي تعج بمزاعم مماثلة.

في هذه الأثناء، أسقط اليمنيون طائرة مسيّرة مسلحة تركية في منطقة الجوف، مما زاد من تصاعد المزاعم حول احتمال تورط تركيا في الصراع. وقال المتحدث باسم الجيش اليمني العقيد يحيى سريع إن الطائرة المسيّرة كانت من طراز “فيستل كرايل” تركية الصنع.

واستحوذت السعودية على هذه الطائرات بدون طيار كجزء من عقد بقيمة 200 مليون دولار وقعته شركة “فيستل” مع الرياض العام الماضي. ووفقاً للهيئة العامة للصناعات الدفاعية السعودية، تهدف الرياض إلى تصنيع ما يصل إلى 40 طائرة مسيّرة مسلحة في غضون خمس سنوات، ومن المقرر تصنيع ست طائرات منها في عام 2021.

وعلى الرغم من التكهنات المنتشرة، لا يوجد تأكيد رسمي بأن شركة “بايكار مكينا”، الشركة المصنعة للطائرات بدون طيار المستخدمة في ليبيا وشمال القوقاز، ستلعب دوراً في الصراع اليمني.

وبحسب قناة “دويتشه فيله” الألمانية، ربما لعب حزب الإصلاح اليمني دوراً وسيطاً في التقارب السعودي التركي الأخير. ونقلاً عن تصريحات وزير النقل اليمني السابق صالح اليمني لوسائل إعلام يمنية محلية، ذكرت “دويتشه فيله” بالعربية أن تحالفاً بين تركيا والسعودية في اليمن كان “وشيكاً” بعد ظهور خلافات بين ولي العهد الإماراتي محمد بن زايد آل نهيان والرياض. في غضون ذلك، يصور الإعلام الإماراتي هذه التقارير الإخبارية على أنها دعاية للإخوان المسلمين.

وبحسب صحيفة العرب، التي تتخذ من لندن مقراً لها، تعوّل تركيا وقطر وشبكة الإخوان المسلمين على مخاوف متزايدة للسعوديين في أعقاب التحول في السياسة الأميركية بشأن الحرب اليمنية وتقدم المتمردين الحوثيين نحو منطقة مأرب الغنية بالنفط والغاز. وقالت الصحيفة إن الدعوة الأولى للتعاون السعودي التركي في اليمن جاءت من حميد الأحمر، أحد قيادات حزب الإصلاح الذي يعيش في اسطنبول إذ قال إن السعودية لجأت إلى تركيا للحصول على أسلحة متطورة بعد تجميد الأسلحة الأميركية.

ورأى الكاتب أن رغبة جماعات الإخوان المسلمين في جر تركيا إلى الصراع اليمني تبدو واضحة تماماً. وادعى الصحافي المصري جمال سلطان المقيم في تركيا بأنه تم رصد طائرات بدون طيار تركية الصنع في سماء اليمن.

وسائل الإعلام التركية الموالية للحكومة تردد نغمة مماثلة. فقد زعمت صحيفة “يني شفق”، الناطقة باسم الحكومة، أن السعودية تُركت وحيدة في الصراع اليمني. وكتبت الصحيفة: “تخلت المملكة العربية السعودية عن خوفها من تركيا، فتركيا هي الدولة الوحيدة التي يمكن أن تنقذ السعودية من الفوضى التي تعيش فيها”.

وجادل برهان الدين دوران – عضو مجلس إدارة السياسة الخارجية الذي يقدم المشورة للرئيس ورئيس مركز الفكر “سيتا” الموالي للحكومة – بأن سياسات الخليج لكبح جماح إيران وتركيا قد فشلت. وقال دوران إن السعوديين “يحتاجون الآن إلى تركيا لمحاربة سياسات إيران التوسعية في المنطقة بما في ذلك اليمن”.

ويبدو أن وسائل الإعلام الإيرانية تأخذ بدورها مزاعم تورط تركيا في الصراع اليمني على محمل الجد. فقد ذكرت وكالة الأنباء الإيرانية الرسمية (إرنا) أن السلطات السعودية قررت وضع الخلافات مع الأتراك جانباً للتعاون مع أنقرة في ملف اليمن.

وخلص الكاتب إلى أنه على الرغم من أن المصالح السعودية التركية المتبادلة يمكن أن تشكل بداية جديدة في العلاقات بين أنقرة والرياض، فإن عدم وجود أي اعتراف رسمي بذلك هو مؤشر على التردد والحذر من كلا الجانبين. إذ يتطلب نزع فتيل مواجهة دامت نحو سبع سنوات بين تركيا والدول العربية دراسة شاملة لأن “الشكوك العربية” التي أذكتها طموحات تركيا التوسعية في المنطقة لا تزال قائمة ويبدو أنها تشكل مقاربة الدول العربية تجاه تركيا.

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Yemeni forces target ‘sensitive targets’ in Saudi capital with four drones

By VT Editors -April 1, 2021

Press TV: Yemeni military units have used a squadron of domestically-manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles to launch an attack against a number of important targets deep in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, in retaliation for the Riyadh-led devastating war on Yemen.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said in a brief statement published on his Twitter page that Yemeni armed forces carried out an airstrike early on Thursday against “important and sensitive” targets in Riyadh, using four drones.

He added that the designated targets were successfully hit during the operation, emphasizing that the airstrike falls within Yemen’s legitimate right to respond to the Saudi-led coalition’s air raids as well as its continued all-out siege against Yemeni people.

تمكن سلاح الجو المسير فجر اليوم من تنفيذ عملية هجومية في عاصمة العدو السعودي الرياض بأربع طائرات مسيرة استهدفت مواقع حساسة ومهمة،كانت الإصابةدقيقةبفضل الله.

— العميد يحيى سريع (@army21ye) April 1, 2021

The development came nearly a week after Yemeni armed forces carried out a series of retaliatory missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia, targeting state-owned Saudi Aramco oil facilities in the kingdom’s southern regions as well as King Abdulaziz Air Base in the Eastern Province.

Saree said in a statement released on March 26 that 12 domestically-manufactured Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) combat drones in addition to eight ballistic missiles of Zulfiqar, Badr and Saeer types struck targets in the Saudi cities of Ras Tanura, Rabigh, Yanbu as well as Jizan, home to key Saudi Aramco oil installations, as part of large-scale Operation National Day of Resilience.Yemeni forces progress in Ma’rib amid concerns over Saudi-led forces using refugees as ‘human shield’

Yemeni armed forces further advance in Ma’rib as Saudi-led forces use refugees as human shields to slow their progress.

He said that King Abdulaziz Air Base, also known as Dhahran Air Base, in Dammam, the capital of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, was also targeted in the drone and missile strikes.

The Yemeni forces also launched six Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) armed drones against military sites in Saudi Arabia’s Najran, situated 844 kilometers (524 miles) south of Riyadh, and Asir regions.

Saudi sources are yet to make a comment on the new Yemeni drone attack, but the kingdom’s military claimed later on Thursday that it has destroyed a Yemeni ballistic missile on its launchpad in the country.

Saudi state TV’s report alleged that the Yemeni missile was being prepared for launch toward the gas-rich province of Ma’rib, Reuters reported.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its other regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing popular Ansarullah movement.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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Sanaa Forces Resuming Their Progress: Marib Off the Barter

Sanaa Forces Resuming Their Progress: Marib Off the Barter

Translated by Staff, Al-Akhbar

Under the pro-Riyadh government’s attempt to make the battle of Marib a bartering material in the humanitarian dossier which has been separated from the political and the military dossiers by the Muscat negotiations, Sanaa forces resumed their progress in areas peripheral to the city. Over the past few hours, they were able to obtain strategically important areas on the western and northwestern fronts of the governorate center, moving the battle to areas near Sahn al-Jin in the city’s western neighborhoods.

The most recent military progress by the Yemeni army and the Popular Committees during the past 48 hours at the northwestern boundaries of Marib coincides with a similar progress that transported the battles to the city’s outskirts. The forces of ousted President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his loyal militias, also lost a number of strategic areas in the fronts in western Marib, as well as control over the courses of battle in more than one axis. Given this, a large number of military garrisons near the Sahn al-Jin military base in the western outskirts of the governorate center had fallen under the control of the Sanaa forces during violent confrontations on the fronts in East Kassara and Aydat al-Raa.

Yesterday’s [Monday, March 29] confrontations, in which the Saudi Air Force carried out more than 20 raids, ended with the loss of new areas at the Kassara front. Meanwhile, the army and the committees were able to control the strategic sites such as Tibab al-Fajwa, Tibat al-Haramla and Tibat al-Saytara. This progress coincided with similar developments in the western front of Marib, with more than 70% of Aydat al-Raa area falling under the control of the Sanaa forces, which also took control of Hama al-Ziab and al-Hama al-Hamra areas located in the northwest of the governorate center near the Marib–al-Jawf highway.

In parallel, the battles intensified in the strategic vicinity of al-Talaa al-Hamra, as dozens of the Hadi forces fell under the siege of the army and the committees south al-Talaa. While confrontations with Salafi militias, emerging from Abyan governorate, have intensified on the central al-Balqain and al-Qibli in the southwest fronts Marib over the past hours, withdrawing to the northern front. Accordingly, the Sanaa forces reported further progress in the Raghwan front, as the intensity of the battles decreased on the Murad and al-Alam fronts in the southern and northern parts of the city.

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تهاوت حاميات استراتيجية شمال غرب المدينة تحت سيطرة صنعاء خلال الـ24 ساعة الماضية (أ ف ب )

صنعاء تواصَل، في الساعات الأربع والعشرين الماضية، تهاوي الحاميات الاستراتيجية لمدينة مأرب من الجهة الشمالية الغربية، وسط تقدُّم إضافي لقوات صنعاء، من شأنه، إذا ما استمرّ خلال الساعات المقبلة، أن ينقل المعركة إلى البوّابة الشمالية الغربية لمركز المحافظة، وهو ما يعني، عملياً، تعطيل المنطقة العسكرية الثالثة وقاعدة “صحن الجن” الاستراتيجية، وبالتالي انفتاح صفحة تحرير المدينة. جرّاء كلّ تلك المعطيات، بدأت التحذيرات تتعالى، من داخل الأوساط القبَلية الموالية للتحالف السعودي ــــ الإماراتي، من أن سقوط مأرب أصبح أمراً مفروغاً منه، وأن ذلك قد يحدث في خلال أيام فقط، وخصوصاً في ظلّ حالة الانهيار المتواصلة في صفوف قوات عبد ربه منصور هادي


وسط تحذيرات أوساط قبَلية موالية للتحالف السعودي – الإماراتي من سقوط مدينة مأرب خلال أيّام، تهاوى عدد من الحاميات الاستراتيجية شمال غرب المدينة تحت سيطرة قوات صنعاء خلال الـ24 ساعة الماضية، فيما تمكّن الجيش و»اللجان الشعبية» من نقل المعركة إلى ما بعد مخيّم النازحين في منطقة إيدات الراء التي أصبحت تحت سيطرتهما بشكل شبه كامل، والوصول إلى مناطق متقدّمة شمال غرب مركز المحافظة، على رغم محاولة طائرات «التحالف» إعاقة تقدُّمهم باستهداف جبهات القتال بأكثر من 70 غارة جوية، أدّى البعض منها إلى مقتلة في صفوف قوات جنوبية موالية للرياض في أطراف وادي نخلا. ووفقاً لأكثر من مصدر، فقد دفعت تلك التطوُّرات القوات السعودية إلى سحب 5 عربات مخصَّصة للاتصالات العسكرية والتنصُّت من مدينة مأرب، باتجاه منفذ الوديعة الحدودي مع المملكة، بعد سحب غرفة العمليات المشتركة من قاعدة «صحن الجنّ» العسكرية قبل أسبوعين.

وأكّدت مصادر ميدانية، لـ»الأخبار»، تَمكُّن قوات صنعاء من نقل المعركة من أطراف منطقة إيدات الراء إلى شرق منطقة السويدا، وذلك بعد محاولة حكومة هادي استغلال الورقة الإنسانية لوقف تحرير المدينة. وأضافت المصادر أن الجيش و»اللجان» استطاعوا السيطرة على الحاميات القبلية والشرقية لجبال الخشب المطلّة على قاعدة «صحن الجنّ» العسكرية التابعة لقوات هادي، وتَقدّموا في محيط جبال الخشب خلال مواجهات أمس، مشيرة إلى انهيار خطوط الدفاع المضادّة في منطقة الصيب والحمم الثلاث ومناطق واسعة قرب جبل الأخشر في أقصى شمال وادي نخلا، واتّجاه المعارك إلى منطقة الصحري. وجاء هذا التقدُّم بعد سيطرة قوات صنعاء على منطقة الدشوش شمال إيدات الراء، واغتنامها عتاداً عسكرياً كبيراً، وتقدُّمها إلى تخوم السويدا. ولفتت إلى أن عدداً من التباب المنخفضة التضاريس صارت تفصل الجيش و»اللجان» عن الأحياء الغربية للمدينة.

استقبلت صنعاء خلال اليومين الماضيين نحو 200 ضابط وجندي من المنشقّين من قوات هادي


التقدُّم الكبير الذي حقّقته قوات صنعاء في جبهات شمال غرب مأرب على مدى الأيام الثلاثة الماضية، أرجعته قيادات مقرَّبة من حكومة هادي إلى انسحاب غير معلن نفّذته ميليشيات حزب «الإصلاح» ردّاً على إقصاء تلك الحكومة من مشاورات مسقط التي جرت بين المبعوثَين الأممي والأميركي من جهة، ووفد صنعاء المفاوض من جهة أخرى، خلال الأيام الماضية. وفي أوّل ردّ قبَلي على حالة الانهيار تلك، اعتبر الشيخ غالب ناصر كعلان، وهو من أبرز مشائخ مأرب الموالين لـ»التحالف»، ما يحدث في المواجهات التي تدور في نطاق سيطرة قبيلته «خيانة»، مُحذّراً من «سقوط المدينة في غضون أيّام». واتّهم بن كعلان، في منشور على حسابه في «فيسبوك» مساء أمس، «إعلام حزب الإصلاح بتضليل الرأي العام، وصُنع انتصارات وهمية بعكس ما يحدث على الواقع»، مؤكداً أن «قوات صنعاء تتقدّم باتجاه مأرب كلّ يوم، والحقيقة أن سقوط المدينة أصبح أمراً مفروغاً منه».
وتزامن تساقُط مواقع قوات هادي شمال غرب المدينة مع تصاعُد الخلافات في أوساط الصفّ الأوّل لتلك القوات، وخروج رئيس أركانها، اللواء صغير بن عزيز، المُقرّب من الإمارات، من مدينة مأرب صوب مدينة سيئون في وادي حضرموت جنوب البلاد، واعتكافه فيها منذ أكثر من أسبوع، فضلاً عن تصاعُد الاتهامات البينية بـ»الخيانة والغدر» على خلفية مقتل قائد «المنطقة العسكرية السادسة»، اللواء أمين الوائلي، فجر السبت، بقذيفة مدفعية في جبهة شمال غرب المدينة، وقيادي آخر محسوب على «الإصلاح» لا يزال مصيره غامضاً.
وتوازياً مع نجاح الجيش و»اللجان» استخبارياً في التوغُّل في أوساط قوات هادي في مأرب، استقبلت صنعاء، خلال اليومين الماضيين، نحو 200 جندي وضابط من المنشقّين من صفوف تلك القوات. وأفادت مصادر عسكرية مطّلعة، «الأخبار»، بأن «المنشقّين الجدد سلّموا مواقعهم في جبهات مأرب بعد التواصُل والتنسيق معهم ومع جهات أخرى تعمل لصالح صنعاء»، مشيرة إلى « توجيه القيادة العسكرية بتأمين التغطية النارية اللازمة لتأمين خروج العائدين بكامل أسلحتهم المستطاع حملها». ورحّب نائب وزير الخارجية في حكومة الإنقاذ، حسين العزّي، بعودة المنشقّين، داعياً مَن لا يزالون يقاتلون في صفوف « التحالف» إلى «الاستفادة من قرار العفو العام».

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Yemen says to unveil new missiles as Saudi steps up airstrikes

By VT Editors -March 28, 2021

Press TV: Saudi military aircraft have carried out a spate of airstrikes in Yemen’s Hudaydah as the kingdom presses ahead with a military campaign against its southern neighbor, despite announcing a “new peace initiative.”

Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, citing local sources, reported that Saudi warplanes launched two missiles at Hudaydah International Airport early Sunday.

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

Saudi fighter jets also conducted two airstrikes against al-Faza area in the al-Tuhayat district of the same Yemeni province, with no casualties and damage immediately reported.

Saudi warplanes mounted an air raid against al-Luheyah district as well.

On March 22, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud presented a so-called peace initiative to end the war in Yemen, which would include reopening Sana’a airport and allowing fuel and food imports through Hudaydah port — both of which are under the control of the Ansarullah movement.Iran envoy to Sana’a: Saudi ‘peace’ plan only perpetuates war, occupation in Yemen

The Iranian ambassador to Sana’a says Saudi Arabia’s so-called peace initiative will merely perpetuate war and occupation in Yemen.

The top Saudi diplomat told a news conference that political negotiations between the warring Yemeni sides would resume as part of the initiative.

Bin Farhan said the initiative would be enforced once the Yemeni sides accepted it.

Reacting to the proposal, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman for Ansarullah movement, said afterwards that it offered “nothing new,” and did not meet the movement’s demand for a complete lifting of the blockade on Sana’a airport and Hudaydah port.

“We expected that Saudi Arabia would announce an end to the blockade of ports and airports and an initiative to allow in 14 ships that are held by the coalition,” he said.

A “humanitarian right” should not be used as a pressure tool, Abdul-Salam pointed out.

Hudaydah truce violated 207 times in 24 hours

An unnamed source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room said Saudi forces and their mercenaries had breached a ceasefire agreement between warring sides in Hudaydah province 207 times during the past 24 hours.

Yemen’s official Saba news agency, citing the source at the monitor, reported that the violations included formation of fortification lines near 50th Street, Kilo 16, Hays and al-Jabaliya neighborhoods, more than a dozen reconnaissance flights over various districts, as well as 41 counts of artillery shelling and shooting incidents.

The Hudaydah ceasefire was reached in December 2018 when delegates from the Ansarullah movement and representatives of former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi attended negotiations in Rimbo on the outskirts of Stockholm.Yemen urges meaningful end to war, siege in response to Saudi ‘peace initiative’

A prominent member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council dismisses Saudi Arabia’s so-called peace initiative, calling for a meaningful end to the ongoing war and siege against the country instead.

The document included three provisions: a ceasefire along the Hudaydah front and the redeployment of armed forces out of the city and its port; an agreement on prisoner exchange; and a statement of understanding on the southern Yemeni city of Ta’izz.

Dubai-based Saudi television al-Arabiya claimed on Sunday that Saudi naval units had destroyed two explosive-laden boats as they were cruising towards the kingdom’s southern regions.

The channel, citing a statement released by the Saudi military, said that both boats had been launched from Yemen’s Hudaydah.

‘Saudi Arabia should expect more strikes’ 

The spokesman for Yemeni armed forces on Saturday praised military achievements made by the country’s troops, stating that advanced home-grown missile systems are going to be unveiled later this year.

“Yemeni missile units now possess great and advanced expertise, and are currently working on developing sophisticated systems,” Brigadier General Yahya Saree told al-Masirah TV.

“Some of these undeclared systems have already been tested to strike targets at home and deep inside aggressor countries.”

Saree said Yemen now ranks first in the Arabian Peninsula region in terms of quality and range of home-made missiles.Houthi: Yemen war will end once Saudi-led aggression, siege stop

A top member of Yemen

The high-ranking Yemeni military official denounced the ongoing Saudi siege of Yemen, saying the blockade is one of the means of aggression, and cannot be justified through allegations of preventing the supply of weapons.

“Munitions are being manufactured here inside Yemen. The siege has nothing to do with targeting [Yemeni] armed forces, but rather seeks to impact people and subjugate them, as is the case with a military attack,” Saree said.

“If the Saudi regime does not stop its attacks and siege against Yemen, we will inflict a severe blow which it has not experienced before,” he added.

‘Battle for Ma’rib will soon succeed’

Deputy chief of general staff for Yemeni armed forces also praised the country’s military power, saying Yemeni troops and fighters from their allied Popular Committees continue to make advances in the central province of Ma’rib.

“The battle for Ma’rib is proceeding according to the plans drawn up for it. Performance of military forces on the ground is determined by their skills and strong commitment to the plans formulated,” Major General Ali al-Mushki said.

He said military forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates together with local and regional Takfiri militants are fighting side by side in Ma’rib. Some of the militants, he said, had fought within the ranks of terror groups in Chechnya, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the past.Yemeni armed forces, allies will soon liberate Ma’rib, other regions: Houthi

A top member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council says Yemeni armed forces will soon liberate the strategic central province of Ma’rib along with other regions in the country.

Mushki noted that military operations in Ma’rib will soon attain their set goals, and locals being held hostage by “bullying Takfiri groups” will be liberated.

“Invading forces have turned Ma’rib into a hotbed for Takfiri militants and foreign troops. They even killed young people, who opposed their political agenda,” he said.

Senior pro-Hadi commander killed in Ma’rib

A top pro-Hadi commander was killed Saturday in clashes with Yemeni army forces and Popular Committees commanders in Ma’rib province, local media reports said.

“Major General Amin al-Waeli was killed at the Kassara front in the province,” a military source, who preferred not to be named, said.

He added that the commander was killed on the battlefront northwest of Ma’rib.

Over the past few weeks, Ma’rib has been the scene of large-scale operations by Yemeni troops and allied Popular Committees fighters, who are pushing against Saudi-sponsored pro-Hadi militants.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its other regional allies, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.US, European weapons companies profit from Yemen war: Sana’a

Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says US and European arms manufacturers are contributing to the Yemen war.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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6 Years of War on Yemen: Ansarullah’s Constants Identified, Resistance to Continue Until the End of War

6 Years of War on Yemen: Ansarullah’s Constants Identified, Resistance to Continue Until the End of War

By Staff

As Thursday, March 25th marks the sixth anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s war on Yemen, Head of Yemen’s National Delegation and Ansarullah revolutionary movement’s spokesman Mohammad Abdul Salam identified the group’s constants, making clear that nothing would with respect to Yemen’s military actions as long as the siege and aggression continue.

Noting that the Ansarullah has previously offered many initiatives, Abdul Salam slammed the Saudi one as illogical in form and presentation, and considered it a sort of call for dialogue as if Saudi Arabia is not part of the conflict, adding that the insults and threats included in the initiative are enough for us not to look at it.

“We informed Oman about our remarks and we will wait what would happen before we announce our stance. We were surprised that the continued bombing and keeping the airport and the seaport shut didn’t represent what we have been told about.”

Labelling Saudi Arabia as the leader of the aggression against Yemen, Abdul Salam said its initiative came amid the US-UK-supervised aggression and blockade, adding that a British officer leads the blockade in a room that includes Britons, Americans, Saudis and Emiratis. This room allows and denies the entry and exit of ships via the Red Sea, while fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Manour Hadi’s team knows nothing about the issue of ships’ entry and exit.

The Ansarullah spokesman underscored that the Saudi initiative is an exaggerated flattening and it is not accurate in describing the facts, emphasizing that Saudi Arabia is not in the position of the mediator that is allowed to present such ideas.

“The war is not a Yemeni problem but was abused along with the political dispute. Yemen’s problem is with Saudi Arabia and the United States and their supporters,” Abdul Salam made the remarks in an interview with al-Mayadeen TV.

“Saudi Arabia has no right to call for dialogue as long as its aggression continues, and we will never accept the survival of this blockade imposed on Yemen,” the Yemeni official outlined, stressing that it has to leave the war before offering such initiative.

“Thousands of Yemenis die due to this blockade, lack of food and medicine, and we could never put our signature in an agreement on the blockade while the Yemeni people could hardly find oil derivatives,” he added.

The Ansarullah spokesman went on to explain that “sometimes we release some detainees in exchange for medicine; we don’t need negotiations but to open airports and seaports,” ruling out Saudi claims about oil shipments entering Yemen so far.

Stressing that the Yemeni group doesn’t accept monthly negotiations to let one ship carrying oil derivatives enter the country, Abdul Salam said “We won’t bargain on any military or political issue for entering oil ships.”

“The Yemeni Armed Forces have made gains while the blockade achieved nothing,” Abdul Salam highlighted, vowing that as long as the blockade continues, all military options are legitimate and on the table.

Mocking the Saudi-led coalition’s siege inability to achieve anything; the Ansarullah spokesman voiced demands to end the aggression in a rightful and just stance, in addition to lifting the siege.

“It is a humanitarian duty to enter food ships to Yemen; no country has been besieged for the last 30 years as Yemen was,” he said, adding the “We are ready to have good Yemeni-Saudi relationships and Iran doesn’t interfere in any detail regarding the Yemeni issue.”

“They are the ones who link solving the situation to an Iranian intervention, and the West interferes in their decisions,” Abdul Salam explained, noting that Yemen is paying the price due to its stance from the Zionist entity which is complicit in this war in bombing as well as presence in the coalition’s [operations] room.

“We respond to the aggression by bombing military facilities, and any strike against Yemen will be responded to with a missile,” Abdul Salam outlined, adding that “There are many military operations that will continue as long as the Saudi aggression continues; we will strike Saudi Aramco even if it was feeding the entire world.”

He also noted that the American is convinced that a war on the Yemenis would neither benefit the US nor ‘Israel’.

The Yemeni official referred to Marib, the ground of the most recent and fiercest battle, as the key points driving the war on Yemen, and announced that all western areas in Marib have been completely liberated. “The noise being heard from the Saudi coalition’s side reveals the truth of its losses,” he noted, wondering why would the West also make noise every time the Yemeni forces advance in Marib?

“All strategic camps belonging to the coalition forces have been taken in Marib, and there is an almost daily advancement for the Yemeni Armed Forces in the city.”

“Many figures in the other camp, who used to support Saudi Arabia in the beginning of the aggression, are not pleased now with the Saudi role.”

Saudi intelligence runs Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] and al-Qaeda, for which it built bases in al-Mahrah, Abdul Salam said, adding that Daesh is fighting in al-Jawf and Marib.

He touched upon the situation in Taiz and Hiran, saying that the ongoing situation continues there.

Abdul Salam stressed that this war must end in any way, and accused the United Arab Emirates [UAE] of being a shadow leader in this war as it has announced its withdrawal so many times while it is still part of it.

“We declared that the party being directly involved in the war will be targeted but we didn’t mention that the UAE is safe. It is our leadership that choses the targets and identifies the priorities.”

As long as the aggression exists, UAE is a possible target in any moment as it is part of the coalition and it is still bombing our country, he added.

Elsewhere, Abdul Salam denies any regional calculations in the Yemeni resistance operations, and said that if Iran and Hezbollah offered us weapons and support, we thank them.

He also vowed that the Yemeni resistance will continue to defend every occupied inch of the Yemeni land

“The Yemeni people are steadfast; we are the ones being attacked and they have to stop their aggression.”

Abdul Salam concluded that the Yemeni resistance will continue defending Yemen’s dignity, referring to this fighting as an honor.

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Yemeni Armed Forces, Allies Will Soon Liberate Marib, Other Regions – Ansarullah Official

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A high-ranking member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council says Yemeni armed forces and their allied fighters from Popular Committees will soon liberate the strategic central province of Marib as well as other regions from the grip of Saudi-led coalition forces and their mercenaries.

“God willing, Marib and other regions will be liberated soon. We are withstanding a campaign of aggression and war, which Saudi Arabia, [the United States of] America, Britain, France, the United Arab Emirates and others have imposed on us…,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on Monday.

He added that Saudi and Emirati paramilitary forces, militants loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Sudanese mercenaries, and mercenaries from the US-based private military firm, Academi – formerly known as Blackwater – in addition to other foreign troops have been fighting against Yemeni forces.

“We are in a suitable position to defend our land and counter occupation,” al-Houthi pointed out.

Over the past few weeks, Marib has been the scene of large-scale operations by Yemeni troops and allied Popular Committees fighters, who are pushing against Saudi-sponsored pro-Hadi militants.

Sultan al-Samai, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, said on Saturday that Yemeni army troops and Popular Committees fighters will liberate the neighboring provinces of Shabwah and Hadhramaut after establishing full control over Marib.

He said the Saudi-led coalition has reaped “nothing but shame from the war, and the prestige of Saudi Arabia and its allies has been badly damaged.”

Samai said it was the United States that provoked Saudi Arabia into aggression against Yemen.

He added that Yemeni armed forces have located “hundreds of vital targets deep inside Saudi Arabia that will be struck in case the aggression and siege continue.”

“We are determined to remove Saudi-led coalition forces from all Yemeni provinces. Liberation of every iota of Yemen’s land is a national and religious duty, independent from the path of negotiations,” he said.

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Yemen’s Marib Offensive Born of Desperation, with No Sign Saudis/US Will Cease Their War

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By Ahmed Abdulkareem

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Having all but given up on the prospect of peaceful settlement under the administration of Joe Biden, the Houthis are now betting it all on retaking Yemen’s oil-rich Marib province from Saudi Arabia.

MARIB, YEMEN — Overcoming a rugged and Sahara-like desert climate and under the constant fire of Saudi warplanes, Tawfiq Hassan, a third-term Sufi law school student, along with a cadre of other young Yemeni fighters, partook in the recent liberation of the Nakhla Valley near the western gate of the city of Marib.

“To recapture Marib and its natural resources is the last chance to secure its oil,” Tawfiq told MintPress. But for Khaled Mudaher, a soldier in Yemen’s Republican Guard, liberating Marib is a sacred patriotic duty. ”They bomb us, kidnap our women, block medicine and fuel, and steal our wealth,” Mudaher lamented.

Battles over Yemen’s oil-rich Marib province, which lies only 100 kilometers east of the capital Sana’a, have raged on since 2015 when the war began. The clashes pit Saudi-led Coalition soldiers and their Salafist militant allies against Yemeni forces supported by the Houthis as well as partisans from local tribes. Those clashes have become more fierce as the war and Saudi-imposed blockade approach six years’ duration on March 26, and amid a new push by Sana’a to liberate the last strongholds of the Saudi-led Coalition from Riyadh’s control.

For the past few months, Yemeni forces have fought a grueling ground campaign to recapture strategic points on Marib battlefields, including villages and military positions surrounding Marib city. Across the western and north-western oil-rich fronts, fierce clashes have erupted as more and more local tribes join battles to reclaim ancient landmarks with evocative names from Saudi forces. From The Thunders and The Hunter’s Birthmark to the strategic Shower Heights overlooking the Dish of Jinn and the tribal Balkan Mountains near the famous Marib Dam itself, long battles slog on, peppered with small but frequent hit-and-run battles in outlying districts, including Altielat Alhamra. Coalition forces for their part claim that they are thwarting ٍSana’a’s advance and have recaptured many of the liberated sites.

Escalation born of desperation

The recent escalation is not only a result of the brutal siege and bombardment of Yemen, which has bred a communal sense of desperation, but it is also born from a recognition that there are no real intentions on behalf of the Saudis or Americans to stop the war. That sense of hopelessness has had fuel poured onto it in the form of violent acts carried out by Saudi forces that violate the core tenants and mores of Yemeni people, not to mention their very dignity.

On February 1, Saudi-backed militants raided the homes of an unknown number of displaced families in Marib and kidnapped seven women who were allegedly then sold to Saudi Arabia. Five of the women were kidnapped on a Saturday night and, as locals were still reeling, the militants returned the next morning and kidnapped two more women by force. The news quickly spread across Yemen and anger mounted, sparking dozens of protests against Saudi forces. Major tribes in Marib, who for decades have maintained either neutrality or loyalty to Saudi Arabia, held a meeting in Sana’a to declare their desire to create a united front and expel Saudi forces and their allies. The declaration came on the heels of historic non-aggression treaties signed between Houthi-backed Yemeni forces and elders from Marib’s indigenous tribes of Ubaidah, Murad, Jahm, and Jadaan in the weeks leading up to the kidnappings.

Tragic stories drive the fight

Yemen’s battlefields, especially those in Marib, are a picture of contradiction. On one side are the latest warplanes and weapons made by the likes of Raytheon and BAE; fighters from a variety of backgrounds, including al-Qaeda and ISIS; Egyptians; American and British experts; and an extensive network of intelligence agents from around the world monitoring everything. On the other, young partisans with Kalashnikovs and machine guns; sometimes artillery or missiles mounted to the back of an old pickup truck; and explosive charges, usually old Soviet-era RPGs. They advance under heavy airstrikes and bombings through the rugged terrain, usually wearing sandals but sometimes barefoot.

There are no paranormal forces aiding their advance, but incentives born out of desperation. Some are steeped in patriotism, some bear a sense of religious duty; but a majority are driven by some tragic story. A loved-one lost in an airstrike or to hunger or disease, unable to travel abroad for treatment. Others have had to pull family members from beneath the rubble of their own homes. Most have lost their jobs, homes, or farms. But all of their stories speak to the suffering endured by Yemenis.

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A Yemeni boy prays at the grave of a relative killed fighting Saudi-led forces, at a cemetery in Sana’a,. Mar. 2, 2021. Hani Mohammed | AP

The Saudi-led Coalition’s campaign in Marib is not limited to the massive airstrikes for which it is now known, but it relies heavily on ideologically-driven fighters from al-Qaeda and Daesh armed with the latest Western weapons. On the al-Murad battlefield, members of al-Qaeda led by Mansur Mabkhout Hadi al-Faqir al-Mouradi, known colloquially as “Zubair Al-Mouradi,” have many tasks including artillery bombardment, bomb-making, and their trademark across the Middle East, planting IEDs.

According to a recent report from Yemen’s Security and Intelligence Agency (SIA), the Saudi government has facilitated a massive al-Qaeda presence in the oil-rich Marib province. This includes a fully-equipped headquarters, shelters, houses, farms, camps, and hotels used openly by al-Qaeda-linked groups. The SIA released the names of more than 100 leaders and members of the so-called “State of Marib” and presented the tasks assigned to them.

According to the SIA, the leadership of the organization in the “State of Marib” has established a safe haven for the group in the Shabwa governorate, establishing medical and reception shelters to aid Saudi-led military operations. Moreover, the villages of Al-Khatla and al-Fageir, the al-Jufina region, and the Wakra region in Marib have all turned into al-Qaeda strongholds.

In fact, al-Qaeda has become more organized and publicly active. They have a fully-functioning organizational structure with Samir Rayan, also known as Mutaz al-Hadhrami, appointed as “Amir of the state of Marib,” and Jamal al-Qamadi, known as Abu Abdul Rahman al-San’ani, appointed as a medical officer and military logistics official. Osama al-Hasani, also known as Muath al-San’ani, has been appointed as head of al-Qaeda. Their organizational structure includes an official to oversee transportation, a medical representative at the Commission Hospital in the Marib, a procurement officer, and even an official to head the organization’s “housing.”

“No Iranians here”

Bakeil al-Murady’s face immediately began to redden and a thoughtful grin appeared when I asked the 35-year-old, who had been captured on Marib’s al-Alam battlefield, whether he really believed that he was on a sacred mission to defend against the Iranians. “There are no Iranians here, but there are Saudi Rials and we are in need,” he answered. Like most Yemenis, al-Murady was inundated by warnings of Iranian intervention in Yemen from Saudi-funded media but never saw it with his own eyes. Most hear tidbits of news about the Iranian nuclear program or other aspects of the country that lies two thousand kilometers away but has been tied ad nauseam to the war in Yemen.

As the media ties recent developments in Yemen to the Iranian nuclear issue or to Houthi attempts to position themselves favorably for potential American-led negotiations, the tragic truth on the ground is that the plight of 17 million Yemenis is being wholly ignored.

The offensive against Saudi Arabia taking place in oil-rich Marib, a province deep inside of Yemen, was launched as part of an effort to end, or at least deter, ongoing Saudi airstrikes against civilian targets and to force the Saudis to allow the entry of life-saving goods. It has nothing to do with the Iranian nuclear program or a future settlement. In fact, most Yemenis, including the Houthis, have announced repeatedly that their only demand is that the blockade against Yemen ends and that the airstrikes be halted. The simple reality of the battle over Marib is that, regardless of the outcome of the Iranian nuclear deal, it will rage on until Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign in Yemen grinds to a halt.

Death from the air

On Sunday, scenes of frightened children and families fleeing their homes amidst plumes of rising smoke were repeated after Saudi warplanes bombarded the densely populated al-Nahdhah neighborhood in central Sana’a. The airstrikes hit near Halima Girls School, causing damage to the school and surrounding houses and civic facilities. The attack was one of more than a hundred Saudi airstrikes that targeted populated areas and military sites this week across Yemen, including a scientific center in Arhab.

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Smoke rises following Saudi airstrikes in a residential area of Sanaa, Mar. 7, 2021. Hani Mohammed | AP

In retaliation for the airstrikes, on Sunday the Houthi-backed Yemeni military launched 22 drone and missile attacks against Saudi targets, including an Aramco oil facility in the port of Ras Tanura, the largest of its kind in the world, located north of the capital of Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of Dammam. The attacks came on the back of other Yemeni strikes on Saudi targets, including on the Abha Airport and King Khalid Air Base, located near Khamis Mushait, some 884 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. Both of the airbases have been used to launch airstrikes against targets in Yemen, according to officials.

Yemen’s Houthi-backed Army unveiled the ballistic missiles and drones that were used in Sunday’s attacks on Ras Tanura last Thursday in an event in which Mahdi al-Mashat, the president of the Supreme Political Council, reiterated that attacks on Saudi Arabia will stop if the Kingdom halts airstrikes in Yemen and lifts the blockade on the country.

“Sparkling words”

The UN has warned that the recent clashes in Marib could trigger the displacement of thousands of civilians. “An assault on the city would put two million civilians at risk, with hundreds of thousands potentially forced to flee — with unimaginable humanitarian consequences,” U.N aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Tuesday, urging de-escalation.

According to the UN, more than 8,000 people have been displaced in and around Sirwah since early February, many of them fleeing existing refugee camps. Sana’a said the camps are being used as human shields and that Saudi-backed militants are preventing civilians from leaving the province in order to obstruct the advance of Houthi-led forces towards Ma’rib or to spur anger from the international community should the advance continue.

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A girl plays at a camp for internally displaced people in Marib, October 2, 2020. Ali Owidha | Reuters

The advance on Marib has sparked panic among Saudi Arabia and her allies, including the United States, which called on the “Houthis” to stop military operations, warning them that they should not interpret President Joe Biden’s public pivot on Yemen as a sign of weakness. “The Houthis are under the false impression that this administration intends to let its leadership off the hook,” U.S. State Department spokesman and former intelligence officer Ned Price said, adding, “They are sorely mistaken.”

On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken added that “The United States joins France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom in condemning the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and their offensive in Ma’rib,” concluding, “We call on all parties to engage in the diplomatic efforts through the Yemen process to bring peace to Yemen.”

Mohamed AbdulSalam, the official spokesman and chief negotiator for Ansar Allah, the political arm of the Houthis, responded by tweeting “The U.S. depicts the battle of Marib as an aggression, asking us not to defend ourselves and leave the terrorist recruitment centers to operate with freedom.” AbdulSalam insisted that the military operation in Marib was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, nor was it decided on January 20, when President Biden assumed power. He added, “So far, the American statements have been still [just] words. We have not noticed any actual progress; the airstrikes and the blockade are continued with American backing. Sparkling words will not deceive us.”

The Yemenis’ rush to liberate Marib, which is home to sizable oil reserves, may be understood in light of the stifling humanitarian crisis foisted upon the country for the past six years — especially the ongoing fuel crisis, which has plunged much of the nation into darkness. It is incomprehensible to many Yemenis that international criticism has now surfaced over the advance on Marib when the same critics cannot muster condemnation of the battles, airstrikes, and blockade that are battering and squeezing more than 30 million people already struggling against famine and Covid-19.

A Houthi Spring Of Unseen Activity

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March 2021 began with a mix indiscriminate air strikes by Saudi Arabia, of incredible Houthi activity, and calls for them to halt their attacks, which testifies to their efficacy.

This new round of hostilities is a kind of common occurrence in the Middle East, as the standoff between Iran and the U.S. and its allies appears to be ramping up.

Starting from March 2nd, Ansar Allah, or as they are more colloquially known – the Houthis have been launching steadily increasing waves of suicides drones and missiles on various locations in eastern and southern Saudi Arabia.

It all began with a single Qasef 2K drone being used to target the Abha Airport. On the very next day, to claim that no damage had been done, Riyadh released a video showing that the drone had been intercepted.

There was a short lull in activity, with the intensity of attacks increasing again on March 5th. Several attacks happened all in the same day. Initially, the Houthis targeted the Abha Airport and the King Khalid Airbase with 3 Sammad-3 drones and a Qasef 2k drone. Then, again, Ansar Allah targeted the King Khalid Airbase with 5 Qasef 2k drones.

On the next day the attacks continued, with the Houthis targeting the King Khalid Airbase with a Sammad-3 drone.

On March 7th, the Houthis went even further and targeted the Jeddah Airport with several drones.

Later on the same day, Houthi spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari said that a total of 14 suicide drones and six missiles were used in the operation codenamed “Deterrent Balance 6.”

Ten Samad-3 suicide drones and a Zulfiqar ballistic missile were launched at one of Saudi Arabia’s major oil ports, Ras Tanura, on the Persian Gulf.

The Houthis also launched 4 Qasef-2K suicide drones and six Badir artillery rockets at targets in the southern Saudi provinces of ‘Asir and Jizan.

The Saudi-led coalition announced the interception of only two missiles, meaning that the Houthis could consider the operation as a success.

This level of activity from the Houthis has been unseen in recent months, and the group appears to be making progress. In response, Saudi Arabia also began carrying out airstrikes with an intensity that has been absent for a while.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of powerful airstrikes on the Yemeni capital, of Sanaa, and other areas held by the Houthis. Despite the attempt at a Saudi counter-offensive, the Houthis seem undeterred and the attacks are ramping up.

Riyadh, a typical US ally, and an enemy of the Iran-led Axis of Resistance is struggling in the fight, and Houthi raids are likely to increase in the upcoming days and weeks.

Yemeni Resistance Publishes Aerial Images Showing Damage in Saudi King Khalid Airbase

Yemeni Resistance Publishes Aerial Images Showing Damage in Saudi King Khalid Airbase

By Staff

Aerial images published on Tuesday showed the extent of damage inflicted to one important Saudi military King Khalid Airbase in Khamis Mushait after being targeted by the Yemeni resistance in the past days.

The before and after images displayed the massive destruction in the site that was almost completely damaged and razed.

According to observers, the images revealed the preciseness and power of the Yemeni Forces’ monitoring of their targets, not to mention the coalition of aggression’s false claims that the Yemeni forces are targeting residential neighborhoods.

The Yemeni resistance has stepped up its retaliatory operations against Saudi Arabia as the Saudi-led war on Yemen enters its sixth year this month.

The Yemeni Armed Forces vow in every statement to keep up progress in their military actions as long as the Saudi bombing and siege against their nation continue.

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Ansar Allah’s “Concerning” Success In Operations Against Riyadh

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Yemen’s Ansar Allah are on the offensive on Marib city, once again. The Saudi-led coalition is struggling.

The Houthis, as Ansar Allah, are colloquially known, reportedly captured 10 out of 14 districts of the region in their latest push on March 4th.

The Houthi government deputy foreign minister, Hussein al-Ezzi said that apart from the significant central district of Marib city, every other significant location was under their control. A key strategic location, home to one of the largest oil infrastructures in Yemen, Marib has seen intensified fighting and a renewed military offensive. It is also the last Saudi stronghold in the relatively calm area of Central Yemen. If entirely lost by the Saudi-led coalition, the city would allow the Houthis to carry out even more attacks on targets within the Kingdom’s borders.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have continued bombarding Houthi positions, according to Houthi media. These manage to impede the swift movement of forces, but haven’t deterred the offensive. As it usually happens when the Houthis get the upper hand anywhere in Yemen, the so-called Western world begins yelling “foul”.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres immediately said that widespread fighting could lead to the displacement of thousands. He called on Ansar Allah to halt their offensive on every front, and primarily on Marib. No calls for the Saudi-led coalition to stop their airstrikes or continuous ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah were made.

In addition to Marib City, the Houthis struck behind enemy lines. This included two attacks.

The first one targeted the King Khalid Air Base in the southern Saudi province with a Qasef-2K suicide drone. It was reportedly successful. Ansar Allah claimed to have had fired a cross-border missile and struck a Saudi Aramco facility in the Read Sea city of Jeddah.

According to the Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, the attack took place at dawn on March 4th, and was carried out with a Quds-2 winged missile. It reportedly struck its target.

Riyadh has not admitted either of the attacks, and there are no other details. The UN also said it has received unconfirmed reports.

The Axis of Resistance appears to be really pushing its enemies back, with 4 US convoys being targeted in the same day in Iraq, and Israel having a lull in its activity in recent days.

Tel Aviv accused Iran of carrying out an “eco-terrorism” attack by spilling oil in the Mediterranean Sea. There are concerns that a large-scale, heavy retaliation is coming. Time will only show if a response will really come and in what form it will be.

Currently, the Houthis are pushing successfully and the US is suffering for its attack on the Iraqi-Syriain border, and Israel is plotting its next move.

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TV report on “huge operation” targeting Saudi capital by Yemeni forces

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TV report on the “huge operation” targeting the Saudi capital & other cities by Sana’a-based Yemeni forces

Source: RT Arabic (You Tube)

Date: March 1, 2021

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Sana’a sought to send several messages through its (latest) strikes that targeted what it described were “sensitive and important” sites in Saudi Arabia.

The operation was carried out using 15 drones and a ballistic missile, forming the “biggest operation” to date, targeting Riyadh, Abha and Khamis Mushait, according to the statement. Sana’a said that the launching of such offensive operations was its legitimate right. Sana’a

underlined that its operations would expand further, because they come in response to the continuing war and siege.

Brigadier General Yehya Saree’, spokesman of the Sana’a-led Yemeni Armed Forces:

Our UAV Unit and Missile Unit, with Allah’s grace, jointly carried out a huge operation targeting the Saudi depth, in an operation dubbed “Balance of Deterrence 5.” The Yemeni Armed Forces affirm that its operation will continue, and will expand further and further, so long as the aggression and siege on our country continue.

Reporter:

These developments come as fierce battles continue to take place in the oil-rich province of Ma’rib in eastern Yemen, leaving behind a large number of dead and injured for both sides.

The Defense Ministry in Sana’a said that the clashes (in Ma ’rib) take place amidst heavy (Saudi) coalition warplane activity, this while military reinforcements continue to arrive to the battle fronts.

Major-General Abdullah al-Jaffry, military expert:

Regarding the battles in the city of Ma ‘rib, the (Yemeni) army was actually able to gain these great victories on the outskirts of the city. Today, the city of Ma ‘rib is besieged from all sides, and this comes after the political and military decision had been taken (to retake it). What is going on now is merely the final steps to control the security situation in (in Ma ‘rib), in a bid to protect (Yemeni) civilians and save their lives as well as their assets.

Reporter:

With the continuing escalation, the scene (in Yemen) seems to be very unclear and is open to various scenarios.

The political deadlock and international inability to achieve progress in this regard has had repercussions on the battlefield situation, further complicating the current crisis which continues to grow day by day.

Jamal al-Ashwal

RT, Sana’a

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Ansarullah Releases Footage of Ballistic Missile at Targets in Saudi Capital

Ansarullah Releases Footage of Ballistic Missile at Targets in Saudi Capital

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni Ansarullah revolutionary movement’s Military Media released footage of a large-scale ballistic missile strike against the Saudi capital in retaliation for the devastating military campaign that the Riyadh regime and its allies are waging on the country.

The video shows Yemeni armed forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees firing a domestically-developed Zolfiqar ballistic missile that struck King Khalid International Airport, located 35 kilometers north of Riyadh, on Saturday.

The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Saree said in a press conference on Sunday that Yemeni army troops and allied popular fighters had targeted the Saudi soil with 15 unmanned aerial vehicles and a ballistic missile as part of “Operation Balance of Deterrence 5.”

He said sensitive positions and places in the Saudi capital Riyadh were struck with a Zolfaqar ballistic missile and nine Sammad-3 [Invincible-3] combat drones.

Saree noted that six Qasef-2K [Striker-2K] combat drones had also hit designated military targets inside Abha and Khamis Mushait cities in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Asir.

“As long as the attacks and siege on our country [Yemen] continue, our operations will continue and will be more extensive,” he added.

The United Nations said Yemen has the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 80 percent of the country’s 30 million people needing some form of aid or protection. About 13.5 million Yemenis currently face acute food insecurity, UN data showed.

Last week, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said some 16 million people in Yemen were going hungry and five million of those people were “just one step away from famine.”

Some 400,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished, he said.

“Those children are in their last weeks and months,” he warned. “They are starving to death.”

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power and crushing the Ansarullah.

The Yemeni armed forces and allied popular groups have gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and successfully defended Yemen against the aggression, leaving Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Yemeni Army, Allies Target, Kill Saudi-led Forces in Marib

Yemeni Army, Allies Target, Kill Saudi-led Forces in Marib

By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees launched a missile strike against a position of Saudi-led militants in Yemen’s strategic central province of Marib, killing and wounding scores of them.

Yemeni military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Lebanon-based and Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network that the missile struck with precision a gathering of Saudi-led military commanders and officers in the so-called Third Military Region of Marib on Thursday.

The sources added that a number of senior Saudi-led mercenaries were killed and wounded as a result.

Earlier in the day, an unnamed source said the Yemeni military forces and Popular Committees fighters had repelled an attack by Saudi-backed militants loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur against al-Zour area in the Sirwah district.

The source noted that a number of military vehicles belonging to Hadi loyalists and Saudi-led militants were destroyed, adding that several pro-Hadi militants and Saudi mercenaries were killed and injured as well.

The source said the Yemeni armed forces and their allies have purged the desert area of al-Jadafir, which lies between Marib and the northeastern Yemeni province of al-Jawf, of pro-Hadi and Saudi-led coalition forces following fierce clashes.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the attempt to bring Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the Ansarullah revolutionary movement.

According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s 30 million people need some form of aid or protection. About 13.5 million Yemenis currently face acute food insecurity, UN data shows.

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The strategic importance of Ma’rib: Saudi-backed Hadi’s ‘last stronghold’

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The strategic importance of Ma’rib: Saudi-backed Hadi’s ‘last stronghold’

February 25, 2021

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TV report on the strategic importance of Ma’rib province for the fate of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, particularly following reports that Sana’a-led forces were on the verge of taking control over the entire Ma’rib governate.

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Date: Feb 20, 2021

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Welcome. The Yemeni army and armed forces are advancing in Ma’rib. We are witnessing a decisive battle because we are talking about the last northern city in Yemen that remains under the control of the government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Establishing control over this city would deal a heavy blow to this government and would be a major advantage to the (Sana’a-led) armed forces and the tribes of Ma’rib. So why Ma’rib?

The strategic, oil-rich governorate of Ma’rib lies to the east of the capital, Sana’a, about 120 km away from it. Al-Mayadeen sources confirm that Sana’a-led forces have taken control of Tala’at al-Hamra and surrounding sites in the Sarwah district, west of the (Ma’rib) governorate. This is taking place after a series of concentrated military operations on multiple fronts over the past year. (Following these operations, Sana’a-led forces) have gained control over multiple regions in Ma’rib, including Mahliya and Rahba in the south, Serwah about 30 km west of Ma’rib, and have seized control over the Coufal camp (i.e. the largest Hadi government military camp). In the meantime, hit-and-run raids continue in the north and northeastern districts of Ma’rib, such as Raghwan, Hailan, Al-Kassara, Jabal Murad, and others.

For the forces of Sana’a, gaining control over Ma’rib represents the fall of the last stronghold of the Hadi administration, and a further step towards controlling northern Yemen as a whole. It also provides an open road to the southern governorates such as Shabwa and Hadramout, leading to “the liberation of every inch of Yemen”, as a military commander in Ansarullah says.

According to the Carnegie Middle East Center, for the Hadi administration, Ma’rib is the last resort in the north for its political team, especially for the Islah party. AFP says the city was seen as a Saudi protectorate in which Riyadh invested heavily. Perhaps this is what explains the information gained by Al Mayadeen sources indicating that Hadi’s forces and the Saudi coalition are trying to use refugee camps in Ma’rib as human shields to prevent the (Sana’a-led) army and (popular) forces from advancing.

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Israel deploys Iron Dome and Patriot missiles to Red Sea coast over Houthi threats: video

Israel deploys Iron Dome missile defense system after false alarm in the Golan Heights

 by News Desk

2021-01-10

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 P.M.) – A video was captured of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) moving their Iron Dome and Patriot missile defense systems to the Red Sea resort city of Eilat, in preparation for a possible attack by Yemen’s Houthi forces, the Associated Press reported.

The Houthi forces have recently vowed to strike Israel in response to what they claim is Tel Aviv’s interference in Yemen and their support of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

Associated Press cameras recorded on Saturday, footage of Patriot missile batteries and the Iron Dome system on the road leading to the resort city of Eilat in the Red Sea.

According to Israeli media reports, the air defense systems were deployed on the eve of the first anniversary of the assassination of the commander in the Iranian Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani.

Despite the anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination, the missile system remains deployed amid concerns about regional tensions ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing in.

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FM: Zionists’ Interests in the Red Sea will be Legitimate Targets to Yemeni Forces

FM: Zionists' Interests in the Red Sea will be Legitimate Targets to Yemeni Forces

News – Yemen: An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on what was stated by the spokesman of the Zionist army, in which he said that “the Zionists are monitoring the situation in Yemen.”

The source told the Yemen news agency, Saba, that “the Zionist entity should bother with monitoring its own situation in the occupied territory, Palestine, rather than threatening the Islamic region in the Middle East with a lightning war.”

The source added, “The Zionist entity has no business whit the situation in Yemen,” warning that “any reckless action of the Zionist entity in the region would spark a comprehensive war, and Israel would be the first to lose.”

He pointed out that the Israeli enemy seeks to fabricate excuses for hostile actions and movements through which it tries to cover up its continuous aggression against the Palestinian people.

The source added, “if the Zionist entity makes any reckless move or action that affects Yemen, then any interests of this entity or its partners in the Red Sea will be a legitimate target.”

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Yemeni Army Take Control of Major Base in Marib

Yemeni Army Take Control of Major Base in Marib

By Staff, Agencies

In a new achievement, Yemeni army troops, backed by allied revolutionary Popular Committees, have taken full control of a sprawling military base in the country’s central province of Marib, following fierce armed clashes with Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Local news outlets reported late on Friday that the Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters had established control over the strategic Maas base, which lies approximately 57 kilometers from the provincial capital city of Marib, after they exchanged heavy gunfire with militants from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafist Islah Party.

The military base reportedly overlooks the city of Marib, and was the last major bastion of the militants in the area.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen, has hailed United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ warning that the war-torn Arab country is in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen in decades, saying it sheds light on the plight of Yemenis as a result of the Saudi-led bombardment campaign and siege.

This comes as UN chief says an imminent danger of the worst famine threatens Yemen, warning against any unilateral moves by the US.

Al-Houthi, in a brief statement, called on the UN chief to condemn the Saudi-led blockade and work towards its removal as the siege violates international principles, and the Saudi-led coalition has illegally impounded Yemen-bound ships as the vessels have all acquired international permits beforehand.

He also called for a joint meeting between delegates from the Yemeni National Salvation Government and leading representatives of international organizations in order to work out workable solutions to the lingering problems.

Houthi highlighted that the failure of aggressor states and their mercenaries to comply with their obligations has resulted in the rapid depreciation of the Yemeni riyal and the enormous sufferings that Yemeni people are enduring.

Furthermore, SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties says more than 5,700 children have lost their lives in Yemen as a result of Saudi-led bombing campaign, rocket and mortar attacks, as well as shrapnel from mines.

The Geneva-based organization noted that airstrikes, shootings, or turning schools into military depots and barracks have barred more than 2 million children from attending school in Yemen.

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المصدر: الميادين

اليوم 21 نوفمبر 2020

القوات المسلّحة اليمنية تسيطر على معسكر ماس الاستراتيجي بالكامل، ما أهمية هذا المعسكر في الميدان بالنسبة لقوات هادي والتحالف السعودي؟

المناطق المحيطة بالمعسكر سيطرت عليها القوات المسلحة اليمنية أيضاً.

بعد سقوط مئات القتلى والجرحى من الأسرى من قوات التحالف السعودي على وقع  سيطرة القوات المسلحة اليمنية على معسكر ماس في مأرب، اليوم السبت، مراسل الميادين في اليمن يؤكّد أن السيطرة على معسكر ماس الاستراتيجي جاءت بعد معارك طاحنة وغير مسبوقة على مدى أشهر.

مراسلنا قال إن قوات صنعاء تمكّنت من الوصول إلى المعسكر وإسقاطه كلياً، ما دفع قوات هادي والتحالف السعودي إلى الهروب وترك المعسكر.

وأِشار إلى أن “هذا المعسكر يقع على بعد 25 كيلومتر من مدينة مأرب، وبالسيطرة عليه تكون قوات مأرب قد تمكنت من كسر أهم خطوط دفاع قوات هادي، رغم الغارات الجوية المكثفة بالأمس وخلال الأيام الماضية”.

وأضاف أن هذه الغارات حاولت منع تقدّم قوات صنعاء، “لكنها فشلت رغم أنها كانت مكثفة خلال الأيام الماضية، وفي النهاية تمت السيطرة على هذا المعسكر وجميع والمناطق والأودية والنقاط والمرتفعات المحيطة”.

وتابع أن “قوات صنعاء ما زالت تخوض معارك عنيفة في محاولة للتقدم باتجاه مدينة الدشوشة المطلة على معسكري صحن الجن وتداويل، وبالسيطرة عليهما نارياً تكون قوات صنعاء حققت خرقاً كبيراً في عملية السيطرة على مدينة مأرب الاستراتيجية والمهمة”.

وعن الإعلان الرسمي عن السيطرة على معسكر ماس، قال مراسلنا إنه “في جميع العمليات الأخيرة صنعاء تركز العملية ولا تعلن، وكذلك لا تترافق هذه العمليات بتغطيات إعلامية من حركة أنصار الله، وبعد انتهاء المعركة تعلن عنها بشكل كامل”.

وأكّد مراسل الميادين أن المناطق المحيطة بالمعسكر سيطرت عليها القوات المسلحة اليمنية أيضاً، مشيراً إلى أن المعسكر كان يستخدم لتدريب قوات هادي.

من جهته، أكّد وزير السياحة في حكومة صنعاء أحمد العليي أن معسكر ماس بات فعلياً بيد القوات اليمنية، وأضاف في حديث للميادين أنه “وبعد أكثر من 6 سنوات من القتل والإجرام لم يعد أمامنا من خيار سوى استرداد الأرض بقوة السلاح”.

العليي أضاف أن المناطق المحتلة تتعرض لعمليات إجرام وقتل يومياً، وبالتالي أصبح من واجب القيادة والجيش تحريرها.

في السياق، أكّد الخبير العسكري محمد عباس أن استعادة معسكر ماس يمثل ضربة قاصمة للتحالف السعودي في مساعيه لتهديد صنعاء، وأشار في حديثه للميادين أنه “لم يعد هناك بنك أهداف للتحالف السعودي، لذلك هو يحاول الضغط عبر قصف الأهداف المدنية”.

وتوقّع عباس أن تقدّم الولايات المتحدة حلاً سياسياً، و”ستنزل السعودي عن الشجرة”، وفق تعبيره. وأِشار إلى أن المقاومة ستصعّد من عملياتها في اليمن، خصوصاً في مأرب لأهميتها العسكرية والسياسية والاقتصادية، قبل نهاية ولاية الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب. 

العقيد مجيب شمسان أشار من جهته إلى أن معسكر ماس من أهم القواعد التي كانت تعتمدها قوات التحالف منطلقاً لعدوانها على صنعاء.

وكشف في حديثه للميادين أن القبائل اليمنية تنسحب تدريجياً من صف تحالف العدوان وتعود إلى كنف الوطن، معتبراً أنه ومع تقدّم القوات اليمنية نحو مدينة مأرب أصبحت صنعاء آمنة على نحو كامل ومن جميع الجهات.

بدوره، قال الباحث في الشؤون العسكرية العميد الركن عابد الثور للميادين إنّ الجبهة الشرقية بما فيها الجوف ومأرب تمثل جبهة رئيسية، لأن التحالف جعلها مرتكزاً لتحركه. ورأى أن استعادة معسكر ماس تعطي امتداداً جغرافياً يصل إلى المناطق الجنوبية في مأرب. كما ذكر الثور أنه لدى القوات اليمنية وسائط قادرة على كشف حركة طائرات التحالف والتصدي لها.

من جهته، قال الأمين العام المساعد لحزب الشعب الديموقراطي اليمني سفيان العماري للميادين إنّ التحركات الدولية تظهر سعياً لإعادة ترسيم الجنوب. 

  • العماري للميادين: التحركات الدولية تظهر سعياً لإعادة ترسيم الجنوبالعماري للميادين: التحركات الدولية تظهر سعياً لإعادة ترسيم الجنوب

يذكر أن طائرات التحالف السعودي عاودت الخميس استهداف مديرية شدا الحدودية غربي محافظة صعدة شمال اليمن صباح أمس الجمعة.

وذكر العماري أنّ “مأرب هي هدف أساسي، ومنطقة مستهدفة بالنسبة لنا لأنها منطقة حيوية وفيها ثروات طبيعية”.

ورأى أنه هناك بعد سياسي للمنطقة كمدخل “مهم ومريح لتحرير المناطق الجنوبية”.

وأضاف أنّ التحركات الموجودة على الساحة الدولية تنم عن محاولة لإعادة ترسيم الجنوب وتقسيمه ما بين الدول المتدخلة والتي سوف تتدخل”.

وقتل وجرح، الخميس، العديد من قوات هادي، المسنودة بطائرات التحالف السعودي، إثر مواجهات عنيفة مع قوات حكومة صنعاء، في منطقة وادي حَلّحَلان بمديرية رغوان شمالي محافظة مأرب. فيما تتواصل المعارك بين الطرفين في مناطق محيطة بمعسكر ماس الاستراتيجي، على وقع غارات مكثفة لطائرات التحالف السعودي، على مناطق سيطرة الجيش واللجان الشعبية في مديرية مَدْغِل الجِدْعان شمالي غرب المحافظة. 

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أحكمت قوّات صنعاء، بعد أسبوعَين من المعارك، سيطرتها على معسكر الماس الاستراتيجي الذي يُعدُّ آخر وأهمّ خطوط الدفاع عن مدينة مأرب. تَطوّرٌ فَتح الطريق أمام الجيش و«اللجان» للتقدُّم في اتجّاه المدينة، سواء من صحراء الجدعان، أم من الخطّ الرئيس الرابط بين صنعاء ومأربصنعاء | سقط معسكر الماس الاستراتيجي الواقع غربي مدينة مأرب بأيدي قوّات صنعاء، فجر يوم أمس، ما أدّى إلى انهيار مَن تبقّى مِن قوّات موالية للرئيس المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، في محيط المعسكر. هذا التقدُّم الاستراتيجي الذي خاضت قوات الجيش و”اللجان الشعبية” من أجله معركةً مصيريّة مع قوّات هادي، في الأسبوعين الماضيين، يتيح المجال للتقدُّم نحو مدينة مأرب من صحراء الجدعان، أو من الخطّ الرئيس الرابط بين العاصمة ومأرب.

سقوط المعسكر الذي يُعدُّ آخر وأهمّ خطوط الدفاع عن مدينة مأرب، مَنح قوات الجيش و”اللجان الشعبية” هامشاً واسعاً للسيطرة على ما تبقّى من المناطق الصحراوية المحيطة بالمدينة، والتقدّم في اتّجاه منطقة الدشوش المطلّة على معسكرَي صحن الجن وتداوين ووزارة دفاع هادي الواقعة عند البوابة الغربية لمأرب، وكذا السيطرة على مساحة جغرافية كبيرة في صحراء الجدعان المحيطة بالمدينة، وتأمين القوّات المتقدّمة نحو مأرب من أيّ هجمات غادرة من الخلف، أو أيّ التفاف عسكري للقوّات المعادية.

وأكّد مصدر قبلي في مأرب، في حديث إلى “الأخبار”، سقوط معسكر الماس الاستراتيجي ووادي الماس وجميع المناطق والأودية والمواقع المحيطة به، مشيراً أيضاً إلى سقوط الخطّ الإسفلتي الرئيس الرابط بين صنعاء ومأرب بعد سيطرة الجيش و”اللجان الشعبية” على منطقة حلحلان بالكامل، ونقل المعركة إلى ما بعد نقطة الكسارة في اتّجاه مأرب. وكانت قوات صنعاء أحكمت سيطرتها، بعد معارك عنيفة، مساء الثلاثاء، على مفرق معسكر الماس ونقطة الشرطة العسكرية، وصولاً إلى صحراء اللسان التي كانت تُستخدم من قِبَل المرتزقة كخطّ إمداد أخير للدفاع عن المعسكر. وعلى رغم محاولة الطرف الآخر بناء التحصينات والاستبسال في الدفاع عن المعسكر، إلّا أن طائرات العدوان استهدفت الموالين له، في اليومين الماضيين، بعد غارات هستيريّة شنّتها لإعاقة تَقدُّم قوّات الجيش و”اللجان الشعبية” نحو المعسكر. من جهته، وصف قيادي في قوّات هادي، يدعى سلطان الروسا، المواجهات “الفاصلة” التي جرت مساء الخميس قبيل سقوط المعسكر بـ”الحرب التي لا تشبه أي حرب”، مشيراً، في تغريدة عبر “تويتر”، إلى أن “عناصر الطرفين التحما وجهاً لوجه للمرة الأولى”.

فرّت قوّات هادي في أعقاب سقوط معسكر الماس، نحو صحراء الجدعان


هذا التطوّر المهمّ تزامن مع سقوط معظم مناطق وقرى مديرية رغوان الواقعة بالقرب من معسكر الماس بأيدي قوّات الجيش و”اللجان الشعبية” في الأيام الماضية، ونجاح وساطات قبليّة بتفعيل اتفاقات كانت قوات صنعاء أبرمتها مع قبائل رغوان في تموز/ يوليو الماضي، والتزمت بموجبها يتجنيب القرى والمدن التابعة للمديرية ويلات الدمار وعدم اعتراض أبناء قبيلة الجدعان المنسحبين من صفوف قوّات هادي، في مقابل السماح لها بالدخول سلميّاً إلى مناطقهم. اتّفاقات توسّعت ودفعت كبار مشائخ قبيلة الجدعان التي تمتدّ أراضيها من شرق صنعاء وصولاً إلى غرب مأرب وشرق الجوف، إلى زيارة صنعاء الأربعاء الماضي، وإعلان الولاء لقيادة “أنصار الله”. هذه الخطوة أثارت جدلاً واسعاً في أوساط قوّات هادي التي اعتبرت تأييد قبيلة الجدعان لصنعاء، صدمة معنوية كبيرة ستفقد الجبهات الموالية لـ”التحالف” التوازن والصمود في المعركة، لكون أبنائها قاتلوا في صفوفه على مدى ثلاث سنوات، وقتل 700 منهم في جبهات القتال.

وفرّت قوّات هادي في أعقاب سقوط معسكر الماس، نحو صحراء الجدعان التي تمتدّ من المدخل الغربي لمدينة مأرب إلى شرق الجوف. وتفيد المصادر بأن قيادة القوات المشتركة وصلت مساء الخميس إلى معسكر تداوين، أحد أهمّ مقرات قوّات التحالف السعودي – الإماراتي شمال غرب مدينة مأرب، حيث عَقدت اجتماعاً طارئاً بحضور ضبّاط سعوديين لتدارس الموقف، في ظلّ اشتداد المعارك غربي المدينة. إلّا أن صاروخاً بالستياً، لم تُعلِن صنعاء مسؤوليتها عنه، كان لهذا الاجتماع بالمرصاد، ليتسبّب في وقوع عدد كبير من القتلى والجرحى، منهم قيادات عسكرية كبيرة موالية لهادي، وثلاثة ضباط سعوديين تفيد المعلومات بمقتلهم. وجاء الهجوم الصاروخي على الاجتماع بعد يومين من مقتل قائد اللواء أول مشاة جبلي الموالي لهادي، العميد محمد مسعد جعبان، في جبهة مدغل في ظروف غامضة، وذلك عقب خلافات تصاعدت بينه وبين رئيس أركان قوّات هادي، اللواء صغير بن عزيز. ولا يستبعد مراقبون أن تصاعد الغارات “الخاطئة” التي تستهدف بعض مجاميع قوّات هادي في جبهات مأرب، تندرج في إطار التصفيات بين الأجنحة المتصارعة في جبهات مأرب والجوف.

وكانت قوات هادي قد صعّدت عسكرياً، خلال الساعات الـ72 الماضية، في جبهات خب والشعف في محافظة الجوف، محاولةً بذلك تخفيف الضغط على جبهات غرب مأرب، ورفع معنويات عناصرها المنهارة، فردّت قوات صنعاء، الخميس، بشنّ هجوم واسع في اتّجاه منطقة اليتمة الواقعة على الحدود مع السعودية، لتسيطر على مناطق الدحيضه والتبة الحمراء وقرن السعراء شرق الجوف.

زورقان وطائرات مسيّرة تستهدف السعودية

بعدما هدّدت “أنصار الله”، قبل أيّام، عشية “قمّة العشرين” المزمع عقدها في الرياض يومَي 21 و22 الجاري، باستهداف مواقع عسكرية واقتصادية حيويّة في الداخل السعودي، بدأت الحركة تنفيذ تهديداتها اعتباراً من مساء الأربعاء، حين هاجمت بزورقين مفخّخين مسيّرين منصّة تفريغ عائمة تابعة لمحطّة توزيع المنتجات البترولية في جيزان جنوب المملكة، ما أدّى الى اندلاع حريق في المنشأة، بحسب اعتراف السلطات السعودية. اعترافُ جاء على لسان “مصدر مسؤول في وزارة الطاقة” أكّد في حديث إلى وكالة الأنباء السعودية، “واس”، أنه “تمّ التعامل مع حريق اندلع يوم الأربعاء بالقرب من منصّة تفريغ”، مشيراً إلى أن”الحريق اندلع بعدما اعترض التحالف (…) زورقين مفخّخين في جنوب البحر الأحمر”، ما أدّى إلى “اندلاع حريق في الخراطيم العائمة في المنصة، وقد تم التعامل مع الحريق، ولم تحدث أي إصاباتٍ أو خسائر في الأرواح”. كذلك، أعلن التحالف السعودي – الإماراتي، يوم أمس، “اعتراض 5 طائرات مسيّرة تابعة للحوثيين، اثنتان منها في الأجواء اليمنية”، كانت قد أطلقتها قوات صنعاء في اتجاه أهداف داخل الأراضي السعودية.
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