Houthi forces difficult to fight: Russian writer

Moscow (Debriefer)
2020-05-16 | Since 3 Week

It is futile to continue the war in Yemen, the Russian writer Kirill Riabove said on Friday, as it is impossible to defeat the Houthi group and Saudi Arabia and allies in the Arab coalition seek for way out of that war.
Since March 2015, the Saudi-led multination coalition's forces have been fighting in the independent Yemen's territories, he added in an article carried by the Russian paper, Phone Observer.
Despite all the efforts and very hard measures, the operation has yet to reach its goal. After five years, the coalition has not been able to, and probably will never, defeat the Houthis.
Given the available information on the ongoing war's main events, one can assess why the Arab coalition cannot, at least, defeat the Yemeni Houthis, and sometimes incurs itself a defeat.
This can be attributed to reasons concerning the parties to the conflict. While the coalition armies' force depends on foreign modern ordnance and support from advanced countries, weapons do not always respond to current challenges, and their operators may not boast their skills in using them. This leads to grave losses when being ambushed, unable to fend off attacks by drones, etc.
Ansar Allah, however, are different in terms of ordnance, even with supplies from third countries they cannot radically change the situation. At the same time, the Houthis know the region well and are supported by local communities. They also learn fast, take in consideration the enemy's errors and actively use military advisors. As proven by practice, such a force is very difficult to fight.
Thus, the coalition is directly eager to end infeasible battles that lead to unnecessary losses and unjustified risks. The truce, announced in April for two weeks and then extended for another month, can represent the first step for way out of the war. But Riyadh and allies need now to convince the Sana'a-based Houthis to sit at negotiation table and decide on conditions for ending the war and post-war structure, the Russian writer concluded.

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