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Yemen update 11/11\2015.. UAE forces’ retreat from the war in Yemen

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 18:55
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Spokesman: Yemeni Popular Forces Establish Control over Bab al-Mandab Strait

The army and popular forces completed their control over Bab al-Mandab Strait in Southwestern Yemen after purging the Saudi-backed militants and the militias loyal to fugitive president Mansour Hadi.

“The pro-Hadi terrorists and militias affiliated who were supported by the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets, attempted to lay siege on Bab al-Mandab to secure the sailing of the Zionist regime’s ships,” Hossein al-Houthi, the spokesman of Yemen’s popular committees, told FNA on Wednesday.

“Over 3,000 military forces of the Yemeni army and the country’s popular committees participated in the operations to repel the attack from our positions in Bab al-Mandab Strait,” he added.

Houthi said that the counterattack inflicted heavy loss and damage on invaders, making them withdraw towards other provinces in the South.

Saudi Arabia’s navy vessels retreated from Yemen’s coastal waters after the Yemeni army and popular forces targeted and destroyed a Saudi warship in the waters near Bab al-Mandab Strait last week, the fourth Saudi warship sinking in Yemen’s offshore waters in the last one month.

The Saudi warship was targeted with Yemeni missiles in the coastal waters in the province of Ta’iz.

The sunken ship had repeatedly fired rockets on residential areas in Ta’iz province, inflicting casualties and destruction there.

It was the fourth time that a Saudi warship is completely destroyed during the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Other Saudi battleships retreated fast following the attack.

Last Friday, two smaller vessels of the Saudi navy were destroyed by the Yemeni missile attacks.

The coast of Al-Mukha is located in Bab al-Mandab strait and the Saudi-led forces have been trying hard for several months now to win control over coastal regions near the waterway.

On October 25, the Yemeni forces fired rockets at a Saudi-led coalition warship and destroyed it near al-Mukha coast.

On October 11, another ship which belonged to the Egyptian army and named al-Mahrousa was destroyed by Yemeni missiles in the coastal waters near al-Mukha coast.

On October 9, Yemeni army and popular forces also fired missiles at a Saudi warship, and destroyed it in Bab al-Mandab Strait.

The warship was wrecked off the Southwestern coast of Yemen, in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

Analyst: Withdrawal of UAE Forces Proves Failure of Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

A prominent Yemeni analyst underlined that the UAE forces’ retreat from the war in Yemen displays the Saudi-led coalition’s failure.

“The Zionist enemy supported by the western hegemonic powers sought to show the UAE army’s incapability and failure in war to pave the ground for misusing the UAE’s resources and facilities under the pretext of military support and singing (lucrative) arms contracts,” Nasser Bin Yahya al-Arjali wrote in Yemen’s al-Ittihad Press website on Wednesday.

Noting that the Zionists attained their goals and the UAE was humiliated in Yemen war, he said, “The UAE forces returned home without any tangible achievements.”

Al-Arjali stressed that the UAE’s withdrawal from the war in Yemen showed the Saudi-led coalition’s failure in war, and asked, “Have they (the Saudis) come to eventually realize that Yemen is a grave for the occupiers?”

His remarks came after Yemeni army spokesman said on Tuesday that the UAE has retreated after suffering heavy losses in his country.

Sharaf Luqman said that the Emirati military men retreated after sustaining heavy blows from the Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters in several areas across Yemen.

He added that the aggressive countries will never achieve their goal in Yemen and “they are currently not able to advance in Yemen”.

On Oct 23, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) acknowledged that its army has sustained more casualties in Yemen.

An Emirati soldier named Hamoud Saleh al-Ameri succumbed to the injuries he received last September in Yemen’s Ma’rib province, the UAE army announced on Friday.

Al-Ameri was undergoing treatment in Germany.

Earlier in October, an official Emirati report said that the fatalities of the UAE military men killed in clashes with the Yemeni forces had risen to 70.

“Most of the fatalities are related to the Yemeni missile strikes on an arms depot in the Central parts of Ma’rib province on September 4 that left 54 Emirati soldiers killed,” the UAE Center for Studies and Information Dissemination said.

The UAE government, however, declined to announce the exact number of the Emirati soldiers injured in Yemen.

On September 4, the security sources revealed that the Yemeni forces killed a sum of 300 foreign troops, including 54 UAE soldiers, in their attack on al-Safer military base in Eastern Yemen.

The death toll of the UAE, Saudi and Bahraini officers and soldiers killed in September 4′s arms depot blast at a military base in al-Safer in Ma’rib province stood at 300, Yemeni security sources said.

The revolutionary forces in Yemen said they fired a rocket at a weapons cache in a camp used by “the Saudi-led aggressors” in Ma’rib area.

The Yemeni sources noted that high death toll of the foreign troops was the result of the ballistic missiles blast caused by Yemeni missile attack.

On Oct 6, some 18 UAE guards of Yemen’s former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah were killed in rocket-propelled grenade attacks on Bahah’s hotel in the port city of Aden.

Yemen’s former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah escaped to Saudi Arabia once again after 18 of his UAE guards were killed in the rocket-propelled grenade attacks on his hotel in Aden.


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