2021-May-13 10:29
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2021-April-20  11:49

Yemeni Army Forces, Allies Deal Stinging Blow to Saudi-Backed Militants

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, carried out fresh operations against Saudi-backed militants loyal to Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly president in the Arab country’s Northern province of al-Jawf, inflicting substantial losses on them.

Yemeni soldiers and their allies launched an offensive in al-Tala’a area, which lies on the border with Saudi Arabia’s Southern region of Najran, on Sunday, killing a large number of the Saudi mercenaries in the process, the media bureau of Yemen’s Anasrullah movement reported.

On Monday, Saudi-led military aircraft carried out seven airstrikes against Sirwah district and another on  Medghal district in Yemen’s strategic central province of Ma’rib.

There were, however, no immediate reports about possible casualties or the extent of damage caused.

Saudi-led warplanes also pounded al-Maraziq area in the Khabb wa ash Sha'af district of al-Jawf province, with no reports of casualties or damage quickly available.

Saudi-led forces violate Hudaydah truce 152 times in 24 hours

Additionally, an unnamed source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room said forces of the Saudi-led military coalition and their mercenaries had violated 90 times during the past 24 hours a ceasefire agreement between warring sides for the western coastal province of Hudaydah.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television network, citing the source at the monitor, reported that the violations included nearly a dozen reconnaissance flights over various districts, including Kilo 16 and al-Jabaliya neighborhoods, as well as 20 counts of artillery shelling and 120 shooting incidents.

Delegates from the Ansarullah movement and representatives loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi attended the peace negotiations in Rimbo on the outskirts of Stockholm in December 2018. The talks resulted in the announcement of a breakthrough agreement.

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.

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

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.