Yemeni forces have taken control of a Saudi military base in the southwestern border province of Jizan as part of retaliatory offensives against Saudi Arabia’s ongoing invasion of their country.
Fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by allied army units, seized the Faridhah military base and destroyed three Saudi armored vehicles in their retaliatory attacks against Saudi positions in Jizan, local media reported on Monday.
According to reports, Yemeni troops also launched an attack against Saudi-led foreign forces in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, killing scores of them, including a Qatari and an Emirati officer. At least 21 armored vehicles were destroyed during the raid.
Forces loyal to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi backed by Saudi-led airstrikes launched a ground operation against Ansarullah movement in Ma’rib on Sunday.
Also on Monday, Yemeni troopers carried out rocket attacks on several Saudi bases in Jizan, killing and injuring a number of Saudi soldiers.
Saudi Arabia began its aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Reports say more foreign forces are joining the Saudi aggression against Yemen. Some 1,000 Qatari military forces, backed by more than 200 armored vehicles and 30 Apache combat helicopters, have recently joined the Saudi forces. Almost 6,000 Sudanese soldiers are also expected to join the Saudi ground forces.
On September 9, Reuters reported that as many as 800 Egyptian soldiers had arrived in Yemen to aid the Saudi army in its war against Yemen.
The conflict has so far left more than 5,200 people dead and thousands of others wounded, according to the Yemeni TV Channel al-Masirah.