The Spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces has given more details of a large-scale military operation that the Yemeni fighters have recently launched against Saudi-led troops and mercenaries in the kingdom, saying the Saudi casualties have reached 500.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Brigadier General Yahya Saree provided details of the Yemeni operation, codenamed God’s Victory, which destroyed several Saudi-led brigades and marked the largest operation by Ansarullah over the past five years.
Almasirah TV quoted the general as saying that the operation had begun on August 15 in various directions at the battlefield in Najran, southwest of Saudi Arabia, and involved various units of the Yemeni Armed Forces who launched “surprise” attacks on the enemy.
Saree noted that the Yemeni forces launched 9 missile attacks during the first phase of the operation to hit the enemy’s military bases and airports, adding that the Yemeni Army’s drone unit also carried out more than 20 operations, one of which targeted a sensitive military center in Riyadh.
During the first phase of the operation, 350 square kilometers of lands were liberated in the area, including a number of military bases, Saree noted, saying more than 500 hostile forces have been killed or wounded in the attacks.
He said three brigades of the Saudi-led coalition were destroyed in the operation, while their weaponry and equipment have been seized as the spoils of victory.
More than 200 hostile forces killed in the operation have lost their lives when fleeing or surrendering themselves amid the aerial attacks by the Saudi-led coalition’s warplanes, he added, noting that the Yemeni forces provided first aid to the enemy’s injured fighters.
The Saudi-led coalition’s fighter jets were trying to prevent their own forces from retreating on the ground and committed “genocide” against the Saudi-sponsored mercenaries by intensifying the airstrikes, the Yemeni general explained.
He further added that more than 2,000 forces of the enemy have been captured in the operation, expressing regret that there are children among the prisoners.
Saree said the enemy had recruited the Yemeni children for fighting wars in various fronts, such as Jizan, Asir and Najran.
Highlighting the large number of light and heavy weapons as well as armored vehicles confiscated in the operation, the spokesman said 15 other armored vehicles of the enemy have been destroyed in the operation.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the Houthi 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 91,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.