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Saudi Coalition Unable to Seize Sana’a: Analyst

A Yemeni political analyst stressed that the Saudi-led coalition is incapable of capturing Yemen’s capital of Sana’a, which has been under the control of popular committees over the past year.


“No occupying force, either on its own or in a coalition, is capable of occupying Sana’a,” Youssef al-Hazeri, a Yemeni political activist and analyst, told the Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday.

Even if the occupiers manage to make some progress in such areas as Aden, they will not be able to stay there for a long time, he added.

The remarks came as the Saudi-led coalition appears to be escalating its ground offensive in Yemen, massing troops in an oil-rich region that is within striking distance of the country’s capital, Sana’a.

The commander of an Emirati contingent said Monday that troops from the United Arab Emirates that are part of the coalition are pushing towards Sana’a.

The Emiratis are part of thousands of Saudi and UAE forces fighting on the ground in Yemen to occupy and take control of the capital city, which has been under the control of popular committees, Ansarullah movement and its allies since last year.

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces in recent weeks have given crushing responses to the five-month-long aggression of the Saudi-led coalition on the impoverished Arab country.

Back on Saturday, Yemeni forces seized control of four Saudi military bases in the southwestern province of Dhahran al-Janub.

Fighters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by allied forces of the army, took control of the strategically important bases in the Saudi province, the southwestern region of Asir.

Separately, Ansarullah fighters inflicted heavy losses on Saudi forces after they targeted military installations in the regions of al-Hejlah and Jabal al-Doud in Jizan Province of southern Saudi Arabia.

Earlier this month, Yemen’s army also managed to kill tens of foreign troopers in a retaliatory missile attack on the Saudi-led coalition’s arms depot in Ma’rib.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies, including the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, began on March 26 to launch deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

More than 4500 people, many of them children and women, have been killed in the Saudi-led aggression against the Arab country so far.

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