Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, as tens of Saudi-paid paid fighters were killed and injured when Yemeni army forces repelled their attack .
A top-brass military commander,General Saleh Zindani, died of his wounds at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday evening, loyal to Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, succumbed to wounds he sustained during a drone strike carried out by Yemeni army forces against Saudi-paid paid fighters at an air base in the country’s southwestern province of Lahij last month.
The slain pro-Hadi deputy chief of staff was among several senior Saudi-sponsored commanders who were injured on January 10, when Yemeni forces and Popular Committees fighters attacked Saudi Arabia’s paid fighters at Anad Air Base with the new domestically-developed Qasef K2 (Striker K2) combat drone.
On January 13, Chief of Yemen’s pro-Hadi military intelligence agency, Brigadier General Saleh Tamah, succumbed to injuries he had sustained in the same drone strike.
The attack came in response to repeated Saudi airstrikes which have put a UN-brokered peace agreement in the strategic port city of Hudaydah in jeopardy.
Yemeni army snipers , also, killed 14 Saudi troops and injured two others in retaliatory operations in Jizan.
According to a report by the official Saudi Press Agency, SPA, on Monday, the experts – two from South Africa, one from Croatia, one from Bosnia and one from Kosovo – were killed in the central province of Ma’rib a day earlier in an accidental explosion when they were transporting extracted mines and explosives to be destroyed.
Head of Yemen’s National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Abdulqader al-Mortadha, said on Tuesday that Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi had ordered the release of the Saudi trooper, identified as Musa al-Awaji, “on compassionate grounds” due to his deteriorating health condition.
The Yemeni Foreign Ministry affiliated with the Houthi Ansarullah movement said in a statement on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia was “desperately attempting” to take advantage of the “ongoing state of insecurity by plundering oil resources and pursing its illegitimate interests across the region.”
The United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, whose country is Saudi Arabia’s main ally in the war, tweeted on Wednesday that the coalition had targeted 10 Houthi training camps outside Hudaydah Province on Wednesday.
More than half a million children have been forced to leave their homes in the past six months, most of which have fled a major Saudi-led military onslaught on Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah during July and August, said the Yemen director of UNICEF, Meritxell Relano, on Thursday.
According to an official December 2017 US Air Force Central Command document obtained by Yahoo News on Wednesday, the US “escorted 6 UAE F-16s to RED FLAG; assisted 150 airmen in challenging ex[ercise] to prepare for combat ops in Yemen.”
“When Yemenis see ‘Made in USA’ on the bombs that are killing them, it tells them the United States of America is responsible for this war,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday.
Martin Griffiths tweeted on Monday that the timelines set for the withdrawal of Houthi fighters and Saudi-backed militants loyal to the ex-Yemeni government from Hudaydah had slipped.
Representatives from the Houthi Ansarullah movement and the Riyadh-sponsored government of ex-president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, reached the truce deal during UN-mediated peace talks in Sweden last month.
The Houthis – who control Hudaydah — have repeatedly complained that the Saudi-led coalition, which has been waging a deadly war on Yemen since March 2015, has been violating the ceasefire.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition 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 and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.
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