PressTV-Yemenis kill 2 Saudi soldiers, make big gains
Yemeni forces, backed by fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, have killed two Saudi soldiers in the kingdom’s southern regions of Najran and Jizan, while scoring great victories against Saudi forces and their mercenaries.
According to a report by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, the Yemeni snipers managed to kill a Saudi soldier in al-Sadis military base in Najran on Tuesday. Furthermore, the Yemeni forces fired artillery shells at the gatherings of Saudi troops in al-Sadis and the nearby al-Hamar bases. No immediate report has been released on the possible casualties and the extent of damage resulting from the attack.
Yemeni snipers also managed to kill another Saudi soldier in al-Dafiniye village in the kingdom’s Jizan region on Tuesday.
On Sunday, another Saudi soldier was killed by Yemeni snipers in al-Sharafa military base in the same region.
A report by Reuters published in April last year showed that at least 400 Saudi soldiers had been killed in the cross-border fire since the start of the campaign in March 2015. Riyadh has maintained a policy of ambiguity regarding its casualties in the war on Yemen. Senior military officials have said that they would not release such information until after the campaign.
Meanwhile, Yemeni army forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees fired Katyusha rockets against gatherings of Saudi mercenaries in the southern district of Dhubab in Ta’izz province, killing dozens of them and inflicting injuries on scores of others, Yemen’s official Saba news agency reported citing an unnamed military official.
At least four Saudi military vehicles carrying machine guns were destroyed in the operation.
Two Yemeni forces stand by a torched Saudi military vehicle in al-Mukha district in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, on February 28, 2017. (Photo by al-Masirah)
According to al-Masirah, Yemeni forces also torched at least three Saudi military vehicles in al-Mukha district in the same province, forcing Saudi mercenaries to flee from the eastern parts of the district.
On late Monday, Yemeni troops launched a crushing attack against Saudi-held al-Salan military base in Maslub district in Jawf province, killing several mercenaries and wounding a number of others. The ground raid on the base became possible after the Yemeni army’s artillery pounded it a couple of times.
Earlier on Monday, Yemeni security forces managed to capture an arsenal belonging to the Saudi-led coalition, in Yahis area of the Arhab district in Sana’a province after launching an attack on mercenaries fighting for Riyadh in the area.
Large quantities of heavy machine gun ammunition are seen on the ground after they were seized by Yemeni forces following the capture of an arsenal belonging to the Saudi-led coalition in Yahis area of the Arhab district in Sana’a province on February 27, 2017. (Photo by al-Masirah)
Al-Masirah, citing a security official, reported that huge quantities of heavy machine gun ammunition, more than 100 Katyusha rockets, and nearly 70 tank shells were seized in the arsenal.
Rockets are seen in piles after they were seized by Yemeni forces following the capture of an arsenal belonging to the Saudi-led coalition in Yahis area of the Arhab district in Sana’a province on February 27, 2017. (Photo by Al-Masirah)
Yemeni forces also managed to block the march of mercenaries toward an airport in Sirwah district in the central province of Ma’rib, after conducting an attack on them, killing and wounding a large number of mercenaries.
The Yemeni forces carry out these attacks against Saudi troops and mercenaries in retaliation for a nearly-two-year deadly war Riyadh has waged against its southern neighbor. Since March 2015, the impoverished country has been severely bombarded by Saudi warplanes. The campaign has killed over 12,000 Yemenis according to the latest tallies.
Yemeni children pose for a photo in a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of the southern city of Ta’izz, on January 11, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
The regime in Riyadh mounted its unsuccessful campaign to bring back to power Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned, and undermine the Houthis. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.