Saudi-led coalition’s losses at the hands of Yemeni joint forces

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Yemen joint forces have , Saturday, carried out many military operations in response to the Saudi-led coalition’s fatal air strikes that killed and wounded over 600,000 peoplel .

  • Saudi-led coalition media admitted the killing of four of its soldiers and injuring two others in clashes with the Yemeni joint forces in border fronts .

They carried out a sucessful operation that resulted in controlling  it, killing, wounding scores and seizing military equipments, fired artillery and missile shelling toward Saudi soldiers and paid fighters’ gatherings, shot dead a Saudi soldier , and targeted gatherings of the paid fighters with artillery shellings in Najran front, according to a military official.

They targeted gatherings and fortifications of Saudi soldiers and their paid fighters with artillery and missile shelling in Jizan front, it added.

They, in addition,  killed two of the paid fighters and injured five others Marib front .

Notably, they foiled three advances of them ,killing and wounding mant of them in Taiz province.

They also foiled two advances , killing and wounding many of them in Lahj front.

To conclude it with Midi front where they targeted gatherings of the paid fighters  with artillery shelling .

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of its regional allies — mainly the united Arab Emirates and Jordan — started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people later, the war has yielded little to that effect.

“Hodeida should be supporting more than 20 million Yemenis. It should be the source of at least 70 percent of all imports to Yemen,” Suze van Meegen, a protection and advocacy adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council, told AFP.

As if it weren’t bad enough that Hodeidah and its environs are among the most severely harmed by the blockade and the threat of famine, the civilians living there are also at risk of being bombed for no reason. There is no excuse for bombing this house and killing these civilians. This attack is a gross violation of international law and a war crime, and the governments responsible for it should be held accountable. This is what the coalition does with the refueling and weapons that the U.S. provides them. Refueling coalition planes just makes it easier for them to carry out more outrageous attacks like this one. Secretary Mattis tried arguing the other day that refueling gives coalition pilots more time to make better decisions about where to drop their bombs, but that ignores the reality that coalition governments have routinely shown blatant disregard for civilian life throughout the war. This latest attack is just the latest example out of the thousands and thousands of strikes on civilian targets that the coalition has carried out.

At the same time Mattis made his statement, a $1 billion weapons deal to Saudi Arabia was announced on the same day. Along with the $100 billion weapons deal signed between Washington and Riyadh last year, this will obviously further empower Saudi’s military campaign on Yemen, which Mattis supposedly wants to end.