Riyadh admits to having lost 16 soldiers in one week

The Yemeni Army and Ansarallah Information Centre reported the firing of four Zelzal-1 missiles at a Saudi mercenary assembly site in the Nehm district of Sana’a governorate.

The Yemeni Army and Ansarallah missile unit also targeted the positions of Saudi Army forces at the Alab crossing in Assir province.

In addition, the artillery of the Yemeni army and People’s Committees targeted the positions of Saudi mercenaries in south-eastern Jizan, thus repelling an attack by forces in the pay of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

Saudi official media reported on Thursday 21 February that four Saudi soldiers were killed in fighting with Ansarallah’s forces in the border areas, while clashes between the two sides continued amid Saudi aerial bombardments.
Ansarallah’s fighters intensified their artillery and missile attacks against Saudi military forces in Jizan and Najran, areas bordering Yemeni province Saada. Ansarallah also announced that his fighters had taken control of part of the heights in the Jizan area and several bases in the Najran area.

The authorities acknowledged in the report published by the official media that a total of 16 Saudi army soldiers had been killed by Yemeni forces this week.

The spokesman for the Riyadh coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the Yemenis had fired 218 ballistic missiles into the kingdom. However, he claimed that the Saudi Arabian CAA had intercepted the majority.

Four years after the start of the Saudi offensive on Yemen, an invasion that destroyed the country’s various infrastructures, not a day goes by without the Saudi media announcing the funeral of Saudi soldiers killed by Ansarallah’s fighters.

Yemen believes that one of the reasons for Saudi Arabia’s defeat is that the Saudi coalition has given up creating bases in the strategic areas of southern and eastern Yemen to confront Ansarallah, which controls most of the country’s northern, central and southwestern provinces, including Sana’a.

Saudi Arabia mobilized its allies and launched a major military offensive against Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of preventing the establishment of an independent state. The devastating war in Yemen has so far claimed millions of civilian casualties and destroyed almost all of the country’s infrastructure.

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