The coalition accuses Hezbollah of helping the Houthis, and the group denies and “preparing” for a new phase of battles
The military coalition in Yemen – led by Saudi Arabia – accused the Lebanese Hezbollah of being involved in the military operations in Yemen, while the Houthi group denied this, and announced its readiness for a new phase of battles.
In a press conference in Riyadh, the spokesman for the coalition forces, Turki Al-Maliki, accused the Lebanese Hezbollah of being involved in the military operations in Yemen, and presented what he said was evidence proving that.
Al-Maliki said that the Houthis used the civilian part of the airport in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, militarily, adding that the Houthis also used this part to launch marches.
The spokesman said that the Houthi group has launched 430 ballistic missiles and 851 armed drones on Saudi Arabia since the start of the war in 2015, killing 59 Saudi civilians.
– SPAregions (@SPAregions) December 26, 2021
This week, the coalition launched a “large-scale” air campaign against the Houthis, in response to the group’s “deadliest” attack nearly 3 years ago.
On Sunday morning, the coalition stated that it had destroyed weapons depots in Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
And the coalition considered – in a statement – that “the operation in Sana’a is an immediate response to the attempt to transfer weapons from the Tashrifat camp in Sana’a,” referring to “the destruction of stores of specific weapons” in the camp.
On the other hand, Houthi spokesman Muhammad al-Bakhiti denied what he called Saudi allegations that there are elements of Hezbollah in Yemen, and described the videos presented by the coalition spokesman as fabricated.
A statement issued by the Yemeni armed forces
In the name of of Allah the Merciful
Our armed forces, with the help of God Almighty, succeeded in liberating the Al-Yatama area and its environs in Al-Jawf Governorate and defeating the enemy forces and their followers of mercenaries, traitors and agents.
— Brigadier General Yahya Saree (@army21ye) December 26, 2021
The Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Saree, also announced the group’s control of the entire Al-Jawf Governorate, except for some desert areas, as he put it.
The military spokesman also said that their forces are about to move to a new stage in the legitimate response to what he described as aggression.
Saree explained that the group had taken control of the “Al-Yatama” area and the surrounding areas, north of Al-Jawf Governorate, after a military operation, and that its forces had controlled an area of 1,200 square kilometers.