Houthi recent attacks reveal coalition strikes' limited success: website

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2019-06-16 | Since 4 Month

 

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The Houthi recent attacks on Saudi targets reveal how the coalition "qualitative" airstrikes' success islimited indestroying the group's capacities, a news website has reported in Arabic.

A set of questions have been raised on how feasiblethe Saudi military options are and what Riyadh can do after its Defense Minister Khaled Bin Salman has vowed to retaliate "strictly" to Houthi escalation, a report by the al-Arabi al-Jadeed website added on Sunday.

Riyadh is likely "preparing to fulfill its threats, based on the reality that no intangible escalation has been seen until Saturday," according to the report, signaling at the coalition statement that its airstrikes have destroyed Houthi "qualitative capabilities" in Sana'a, including air defense system, in a way that would "achieve regional and international security."

This is the first time the coalition talks about Houthi "air defense system," although the group does not have a system able to down advanced planes, and despite the limited sites recently hit by warplanes, the report read.

Irrespective of the Houthi losses inflicted by coalition strikes, it is logical for an armed group lacking an air cover to avoid placing its qualitative capabilities in one or few sites vulnerable to airstrikes, according to the report.

The coalition has "previously said its qualitative strikes destroyed Houthi UAVs positions, but the group has later launched new unprecedented drone attacks, including on oil facilities in Riyadh and Abha airport."

Most of the Sana'a-based camps have been under hundreds of airstrikes since March 2015, with coalition saying 80 percent of Houthi military capacities has been destroyed, including ballistic missiles, only to hear later that Saudi Arabia was targeted by such, or even more advanced, rockets, said the website.

"Based on the failed airstrikes that have left many civilians killed, Riyadh would likely seek to revive frontlines between the Yemeni army and Houthis, such as in Nihm of Sana'a," the report concluded.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

Houthis have recently intensified firing ballistic missiles and launching drone attacks on Saudi territory "in reply to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure."

For some analysts, these attacks indicate that Houthis have moved from self-defense to attacking stage.


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