The Saudi-led coalition receives painful strikes over its fatal air raids against Yemenis: Yemeni official
The Spokesman for the Yemeni army forces Brigadier, Yahya Sari, on Tuesday held a press conference to give an update on the latest military operations on the West Coast front and other fronts in response to the fatal campaign by the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, against their country.
He revealed some scenes for the operations and the statistics of killing and wounding paid fighters , which exceeded 3000 during the past 12 days.
At the beginning of his press conference, Brigadier Seri reviewed scenes of luring 25 paid fighters to a minefield and the moment of detonating it. He, also, presented other scenes of equal importance to the Artillery and Engineering Forces.
He expressed that these scenes a model of what the paid fighters on the West Coast front are facing on a daily basis.
Sari revealed the losses of the paid fighters of since the beginning of November, which amounted to more than 867 dead and more than 2150 wounded on different fronts.
1224 were killed and wounded in the West Coast front only, 20 battalion commanders in addition to 33 Sudanese paid fighters. 127 armored vehicles, 184 trucks and 7 bulldozers were destroyed on various fronts.
The main gate “was the target of airstrikes… but the port is operating normally,” said the port’s deputy director Yahya Sharafeddin on Tuesday, adding that at least two airstrikes had hit the entrance, leaving three guards wounded.
Other reports said that a single-storey guardroom had taken a direct hit from the strikes, which killed at least one soldier.
Observers and military experts , on the other hand, said that coalition forces crossed red lines by attacking the port of Hodeidah.
Now the coalition must receive painful strikes in Saudi and United Arab Emirates Sea ports as the leadership of Yemen’s army has vowed, they added.
Ansarallh Media Center distributed several photos of Tuesday’s crime committed by the coalition’s warplanes against passengers on the main highway of Jarahi district, which left 9 people dead and two wounded.
At least 13 Yemeni fishermen arrived at the fishing port in Yemen’s Hodeidah province after the coalition set them free.
They were arrested by the coalition’s warships in the Red Sea.
The head General Authority for Fisheries in the Red Sea, Abdelkader al-Wa’adei said that 13 of fishermen who were held by the coalition for eight days were tortured.He indicated that the fishermen were severely beaten by the coalition.
The coalition’s warships intercepted their boat which belonged to Ahmed Jamal Fatini Hassan Ahdal, on 5 November, and they were taken as hostages in Yemen’s Sawabie Island, he added.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called for a ceasefire around of Hodeidah.
“I ask that the parties implement a cessation of hostilities, not least in and around all the infrastructure and facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely,” Lowcock said in a statement on Tuesday.
He added that the United Nations was ready to play a role in “ensuring the appropriate use of key facilities, especially around Hudaydah.”
‘UAE responsible for escalation of conflict in Yemen’s Hudaydah’
Lahj governor Ahmed Hamoud Jerib, as well as, visited al-Qabaitah district in Lahj province.
“The Saudi-led coalition does not want security and stability for Yemen and has drained the wealth of southern provinces, in addition to killing hundreds of young people who are fighting to their side in the West Coast front,” Jerib said.
The US-Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive on Hudaydah on 12 June in the largest battle of the war that the United Nations fears risks triggering a famine in Yemen where an estimated 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation. Recently, It has been paused for peace talks, but no deal has been struck leaving Yemenis pessimistic over a viable political process.
Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthi(Ansarallah) movement, which is the main force that faces the coallition, said on a TV speech ,” The decision of invading the Yemeni ,western coast, has been taken and adopted by the United States of America,noting that the Saudis are trying to abolish Yemen’s freedom,” stressing that it was the people of Yemen’s right to defend their country.
The Bab el-Mandab Strait, which is the southern entrance to the Red Sea, is one of the world’s key shipping lanes for crude oil and allows crude exports into the European market.
The United Nations said more than 350,000 people have been displaced from the strategic Red Sea port town of Hudaydah in western Yemen since June.Deputy spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said during a press conference on Monday that violent clashes have erupted in the city over the past few days, especially in the Ad Durayhimi district.He added that emergency humanitarian assistance has already been provided to more than 90 per cent of those displaced.