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Yemen / Saudi update 10/16/2016.. Little Chances for Peace

Sunday, October 16, 2016 19:01
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Yemen War: Little Chances for Peace

Yemeni fighters foil a Saudi advance attempt toward Dood Mountain

Saudi Arabia’s Key Military Base in Dhahran Destroyed by Yemen’s Zalzal-3 Ballistic Missile

Military sources disclosed that the Yemeni army has destroyed a strategic airbase of Saudi Arabia in the Southern part of the kingdom with a ballistic missile. “Saudi Arabia’s Savila military base in Dhahran region was struck by a Yemeni Zalzal-3 missile, and sustained heavy loss and casualties,” a military source said. There is still no report on the number of casualties, but similar ballistic missile attacks by Yemen have incurred heavy losses on the Saudi personnel and military equipment in the past. The attack came in response to Saudi Arabia’s continued air raids on the civilian population across the impoverished nation. On Saturday, the Yemeni army and popular forces pounded the Saudi troops in the Southern parts of the kingdom, killing and injuring tens of Riyadh army men. The Saudi army’s military positions came under the Yemeni forces’ missiles attack in Najran province in the Southern part of Saudi Arabia which left 60 Saudi troops dead and over 70 others wounded. The Saudi army’s military equipment and vehicles also sustained heavy losses in the Yemeni missile attack. Also on Saturday, the Yemeni army and popular forces killed over 40 Saudi soldiers in an ambush operation near al-Baqa border crossing in Najran province. A large number of the Saudi Army’s military equipment and vehicles were also destroyed in the attack. Yemen’s military forces usually carry out such attacks against the gatherings of the Saudi mercenaries inside Yemen as well as targets in the kingdom’s Southwest in retaliation for Riyadh’s 19-month-long military campaign against the country.

Yemeni Forces Win Back More Lands in Ma’rib, Al-Jawf Provinces, Kill Pro-Hadi Commander

A senior military commander announced that the Yemeni army and popular forces have made considerable military gains against the pro-Saudi troops in Ma’rib and al-Jawf provinces in recent days and a senior pro-Hadi commander has been killed in the battle. “The Yemeni forces have advanced in the Eastern and Northeastern fronts of Ma’rib and al-Jawf provinces,” Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali Al-Houthi told FNA on Sunday. He, meantime, said that senior pro-Hadi commander Abu Omar was killed in tough battle with the Yemeni army and Ansarullah forces in the Southern part of Ma’rib province. A local source in Ma’rib province, meantime, disclosed that the Yemeni army and popular forces took control of a military site in Wadi al-Tarif in the province.

Yemen’s Ansarullah Repeats Call for International Probe into Saudi Funeral Strike

Yemen’s Ansarullah on Sunday once again demanded an international probe into an airstrike that killed more than 213 people at a funeral, after a Saudi-led coalition admitted “wrongly” hitting it. The 8 October raid, condemned by Human Rights Watch as an “apparent war crime,” was one of the deadliest air strikes since the pro-government coalition launched an air campaign against Yemen in March 2015, Middle East Eye reported. The coalition’s acknowledgement that it wrongly hit the funeral “does not clear its leadership of violating international humanitarian law and all humanitarian norms and conventions,” said the Yemen’s foreign ministry. UN chief Ban Ki-moon “should form an independent and international investigation committee headed by a high-profile, neutral and international personality as soon as possible to probe war crimes committed by the coalition in Yemen,” it said in a statement. The Riyadh-based coalition acknowledged on Saturday that the airstrike was based on “incorrect information”. It pledged “appropriate action” against those responsible and compensation for families of the victims.


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