Houthis’ military spokesman: “three enemy military brigades had fallen”
Houthi military claim to have captured logistics and over a thousand Saudi soldiers, including officers, Saturday after a major attack near the border Saudi region of Najran, a claim Saudi authorities haven’t confirmed.
A Houthis military spokesman said in a statement that three “enemy military brigades have fallen” in the attack, which he said was launched 72 hours prior. The attack was carried out by the group’s drone, missile and air defense units.
Houthi-run Al Masirah TV quoted the spokesman as saying the movement had captured “thousands” of enemy troops, including many officers and soldiers of the Saudi army, as well as hundreds of armored vehicles.
The action, if confirmed, would sustain Iranian President Hasan Rohani’s statement about Western nations' continued habit to underestimate Houthi fire power. The Yemeni group took responsiblity for heavy explosions on Saudi oil fields on Sept. 14, which the Kingdom and the United States stubbornly continue to blame on Iran.
Yemeni government troops, supported by coalition air strikes, have in recent months been fighting Houthi forces in the Kataf region of the northern Saada province near the Saudi border.
The violence could hamper international efforts to ease tensions and create negotiations to end the war that has killed tens of thousands, and forced millions into famine and to flee from the already long-impoverished Arab nation.
The endless Yemeni civil war started on March 26, 2015, when Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led a coalition of countries in a military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen in support of the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi.
The conflict has since killed at least 10,000 people and put more than 24 million in grave need of assistance due to a possible risk of starvation. The UN said the country is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.