Arab coalition says SAM-7 seized in Houthi possession

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-03-04 | Since 3 Month

Colonel Turki al-Maliki coalition spokesman

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The Saudi-led coalition backing legitimacy in Yemen stated on Monday that loyal forces had seized SAM-7 missiles from Houthi rebels.

Coalition aircraft targeted Houthi sites, tanks, military equipment and drones supplied by Iran to the rebels, said coalition spokesman at weekly press conference in Riyadh.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki displayed footages and pictures he claimed to document those operations and airdrops in support of Hajoor tribesmen in fighting against Houthis in Cashir District of Hajjah Governorate.

Maliki re-accused the rebels of positioning themselves in residential areas and using civilians as human shields, presenting tapes filming Houthis as getting into schools and altering them into military platforms and pictures of Houthi missile posts and air-defense system as being targeted.

Houthis continue to store ballistic missiles in the northern governorates of Sa'ada and Amran, said the spokesman, claiming that 219 ballistic missiles had been fired at Saudi cities since 2015.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after the Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi,leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

Maliki also accused the rebels of new ceasefire violations in Hodeida despite the pact reached by two rivals last December at Sweden peace talks, abandoning the redeployment provision stated in the same deal, and obstructing relief supplies delivery to Yemenis.

All Yemeni seaports still function at full capacity, he added.

Coalition provides humanitarian and military support for Hajoor tribes, who managed to change their position from defense to assault against Houthis, said Maliki.

Houthis have started a widespread offensive since last January on Hajoor tribal areas, amid strong resistance by tribesmen who have repelled rebel control, with Saudi-led coalition warplanes backing the tribes and launching periodic strikes on Houthi reinforcements and equipment.

Houthi forces could not take control over Hajoor tribal areas, despite the rebel siege of the district and their large masses that opened new fronts with tribesmen fortified in rugged mountains.

Yemen's war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.

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