Ye­meni forces to strike strate­gic tar­gets deeper in­side Saudi Ara­bia: Top Houthi of­fi­cial

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Ye­men’s pop­u­lar Houthi An­sarul­lah move­ment praised the lat­est re­tal­ia­tory mis­sile and drone strikes on strate­gic sites deep in­side Saudi Ara­bia, say­ing Ye­men’s Army forces and al­lies are plan­ning to hit more tar­gets in reprisal for the king­dom’s war on the im­pov­er­ished na­tion.

“A num­ber of Ye­men’s strate­gic goals were achieved dur­ing the op­er­a­tion [dubbed the Fourth De­ter­rent Bal­ance Op­er­a­tion]. Sev­eral oth­ers will soon be at­tained,” Mo­hammed al-bukhaiti, a mem­ber of An­sarul­lah’s po­lit­i­cal bureau, said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Ara­bic-lan­guage Al-alam tele­vi­sion news net­work on Thurs­day night, Press TV re­ported.

He added, “What dis­tin­guishes the re­cent Ye­meni mil­i­tary of­fen­sive from the pre­vi­ous ones is the high num­ber of mis­siles used in the op­er­a­tion, as well as the sen­si­tive tar­gets struck.”

“Se­condly, it was car­ried out af­ter the peace of­fer [re­cently made by mem­ber of Ye­men’s Supreme Po­lit­i­cal Coun­cil Mo­hammed Ali al-houthi] to dis­pel Saudis’ delu­sion that Ye­men has put for­ward the pro­posal out of de­spair. Af­ter strikes against the sen­si­tive sites, how­ever, Saudi Ara­bian au­thor­i­ties and their ad­vo­cates, es­pe­cially the United States and Bri­tain, re­al­ized it was not the case,” Bukhaiti pointed out.

He noted that world coun­tries now well know that Ye­meni forces are ca­pa­ble enough to tar­get the depths of the Saudi ter­ri­tory.

“Spokesman of the [Saudiled] coali­tion of ag­gres­sion [Colonel Turki al-ma­liki] used to boast about how fast the Royal Saudi Air Forces could con­trol Ye­men’s airspace in just 15 min­utes. But he is now con­stantly talk­ing about Ye­meni mis­siles and strikes against Riyadh and other re­gions of Saudi Ara­bia, col­lect­ing the re­mains of the pro­jec­tiles and putting them on pub­lic dis­play,” the senior An­sarul­lah of­fi­cial stated.

On Tues­day, Bukhaiti told

Le­banon’s Al Mayadeen tele­vi­sion news net­work that the head­quar­ters of the Saudi De­fense

Min­istry, gen­eral in­tel­li­gence agency as well as King Sal­man Air Base were among mil­i­tary tar­gets hit in the re­cent Ye­meni pre­ci­sion strikes on Riyadh and the south­ern Saudi bor­der re­gions of Na­jran and Jizan.

The Riyadh regime, he said, was try­ing to cover up the losses it has suf­fered in the raids, adding that the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion made Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE – a key party to the coali­tion – change their strate­gies.

“The Ye­meni weapons are con­tin­u­ously mak­ing progress, and the next strikes will be more painful and against more sen­si­tive tar­gets,” the An­sarul­lah of­fi­cial noted.

Ex­pelled from So­co­tra

Forces af­fil­i­ated with Ye­men’s so-called South­ern Tran­si­tional Coun­cil (STC), who are backed by the UAE, have be­gun ex­pelling ri­val Saudi-backed mili­ti­a­men linked to the for­mer Ye­meni pres­i­dent, Abd Rab­buh Mansur Hadi, from So­co­tra is­land.

The sep­a­ratists fully cap­tured the strate­gic Ara­bian Sea is­land on Fri­day fol­low­ing fierce clashes with Hadi loy­al­ists, and the lat­ter aban­doned the ter­ri­tory, ac­cord­ing to on­line news out­let Mid­dle East Eye.

Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave five civil­ians dead in cen­tral Ye­men

At least five civil­ians have been killed when Saudi mil­i­tary air­craft car­ried out airstrikes against ar­eas in Ye­men’s cen­tral prov­ince of Al-bayda.

Saudi war­planes con­ducted aerial as­saults against a pickup truck, an oil tanker and a num­ber of cars as they were trav­el­ing along a road link­ing Rad­man and Qaniya ar­eas late on Thurs­day, leav­ing five peo­ple dead and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured, un­named lo­cal sources told Ye­men’s Ara­bic-lan­guage Al­masirah tele­vi­sion net­work.

Saudi Ara­bia and a num­ber of its re­gional al­lies launched a dev­as­tat­ing war on Ye­men in March 2015 in or­der to bring Hadi back to power and crush the An­sarul­lah move­ment.

The Us-based Armed Con­flict Lo­ca­tion and Event Data Project (ACLED), a non­profit con­flict-re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion, es­ti­mates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.

More than half of Ye­men’s hos­pi­tals and clin­ics have been de­stroyed or closed dur­ing the war by the Saudi-led coali­tion, which is sup­ported mil­i­tar­ily by the UK, US and other Western na­tions.

ME­DIA BUREAU OF YE­MEN’S OP­ER­A­TIONS COM­MAND CEN­TER In this pic­ture, Ye­meni forces launch a do­mes­ti­cally-man­u­fac­tured bal­lis­tic mis­sile at a mil­i­tary site in Saudi Ara­bia.

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