Fiercest confrontation ever at Yemen’s western coast: Kilo 16 battle
The attempt to advance conducted by the Saudi-led coalition in the Kilo-16 region ended in a tragic condition for the coalition and its paid-militias, whereas they controlled the region Kilo 16 for only three hours.
The Yemeni Army and Ansarullah were soon capable of recontrolling the region and take pictures from inside the coalition military vehicles.
Field sources provided details of the battles that took place Wednesday morning in the area Kilo 16 Hodeidah, explaining that the coalition pushed thousands of fighters and dozens of military vehicles early in the morning and provided them with intensive air support of 70 air strikes following the technique “carpet bombing”, which the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah dealt with as usual; temporarily retreating in preparation for the implementation of a surprise attack and taking advantage of the time where air coverage is reduced.
The retreat, described by the Ministry of Defense based in Sana’a, was a process of luring coalition forces into deadly squares.
According to local sources, and although the coalition attempted to fulfill achievement on the ground with ample manpower and military equipment, which involved warplanes and Apache, but the element of human density and the intensity of the military equipment actually turned into a reason for losing.
The sources added that after about 3 hours of the entry of the coalition’s forces to the area of 16 kilos, the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah launched a counter-attack not expected by the forces of the coalition. The attack left the military vehicles destroyed and dozens, inclauding major commanders, killed.
Under the impact of the biggest counter-attack, there was great confusion among the coalition’s forces and anarchy in communication due to the size of the manpower they provided. The chaos also caused a large number of casualties, including prisoners.
Meanwhile, sources on the field confirmed that the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah surrounded the coalition forces from all directions and that there was a direct clash between the fighters at zero distance in confrontations that may be the first of their kind in terms of repeated direct confrontations between the parties.
During the confrontations, the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah destroyed 8 American Oshkosh armored vehicles and seized an additional 20 armored vehicles and a troop carrier.
At the end of the battle, coalition forces withdrew leaving the bodies of dozens of their dead on the battlefield and their prisoners at the hands of the Yemeni Army and Ansarullah to end the most dramatic confrontation on the West Coast with a defeat that would have a significant impact on the morale of the coalition and its loyalists.