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Saudi Concentration Centers Destroyed in Yemen’s Rocket Attacks
The Yemeni army and popular forces hit hard the gathering centers of the Saudi troops in Southern Saudi Arabia with Katyusha rockets, inflicting heavy losses on the Kingdom’s army. “The Yemeni forces hit the gathering centers of the terrorists in al-Raheh village in Jizan province on Sunday morning,” the Arabic-language al-Massira new channel quoted a military source as saying. The Saudi forces sustained heavy casualties in the Yemeni rocket attacks on their positions in Jizan province.
Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces hit the pro-Saudi gathering centers in Lahij province in Southern Yemen, killing several of militants. The pro-Hadi militias’ military positions to the South of Kahboub region in Lahij province came under the Yemeni forces’ mortar attacks as well. The Yemeni attacks came in response to the Saudi airstrikes on the civilian population across the impoverished nation, including Sana’a, Ta’iz, al-Hudayda and Hajjah provinces.
On Saturday, senior Yemeni commanders announced that their forces had captured a Saudi military base with all its weapons and ammunition inside Saudi Arabia. “The Yemeni special forces attacked a Saudi military base in the Eastern side of Najran and captured the military base after fierce clashes which lasted over three hours,” senior Ansarullah commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA. He noted that the tribal leaders in Najran have warned against the dangerous security conditions in their province and called on the Riyadh government to drive out the al-Qaeda terrorists from Najran soon. “This is while Saudi Arabia has intensified sectarian differences in Najran through reinvigorating the Takfiri terrorists in the region,” al-Hamzani said.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since last March to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 11,800 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster.
………..Are the Houthis actually an Iranian proxy?
The Saudi’s are adamant that the Houthi tribes from north Yemen are another Iranian armed proxy force which plans to launch attacked on Saudi from Yemen in a similar way to how the Lebanese Hezbollah has fought against Israel. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are guilty of sponsoring armed proxy forces around the Middle East. The only difference is Iran gets called up on it while the Saudi’s proxy supplying foreign policy is largely overlooked or at least not labelled in the same way as the Iranian’s are by the media. The Lebanese Hezbollah, various Iraqi militias and even the peaceful opposition protests in Bahrain are all labelled as ‘Iranian proxies’ or ‘Iranian-inspired’ for the fact they receive money, arms or even just basic political sympathy from the Iranian establishment. In return, armed Salafist groups such as Al Qaeda in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan are not labelled as ‘Saudi proxies’ despite the fact they receive money, weapons, the religious and political support they receive from Saudi Arabia.However, it is incredibly important to realise when looking at the Yemen conflict that the Houthi’s simply do not qualify as an ‘Iranian proxy’ when comparing them to a genuine Arab representative of Iran, like Hezbollah. A genuine Iranian ‘proxy’ would comply with direct orders from the Iranian military Quds force commanders and also the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Hezbollah and its leader Sayid Hassan Nasrallah are an obvious example of this, however, the 2014 Houthi-led revolution in Yemen showed that the Yemen leadership was ignoring Iranian advice since the begging. US President Obama also admitted to this fact back in June 2015, that the Houthi’s had ignored Iranian advice not to enter the capital Sanaa and overthrow the old government, the Houthis made the decision independently without Iranian string pulling which Obama believed led to:
“precipitating a much wider war in Yemen.”
A true Iranian proxy ally would also openly admit that it follows orders from Iran, both the Houthi’s and the Iranians have admitted publicly that they are not directly coordinating strategy with each other.
The Houthis have looked to Iran for sympathy in the struggle against Saudi Arabia and American imperialism. What they perceive as a Saudi puppet government in Sanaa led by Hadi. The Iranian establishment, in turn, sympathises with the Houthi cause due to a desire to pressure Saudi politically but that is as deep as the relationship goes, for now at least………….read it all here…….Veterans Today