On May 29, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) released combat footage from a recent large-scale ground operation inside the southern Saudi province of Jizan.
During the operation, Houthi fighters crossed the border into Jizan then stormed a number of Saudi military position without facing any real resistance. The positions were manned by Saudi and Sudanese soldiers as well as Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters.
The Houthis also ambushed reinforcements of the Saudi military and managed to reach the outskirts of the town of al-Khobh, 3 kilometers inside Saudi Arabia.
“The large-scale operation in Jizan was carried out on the axis of al-Khobh-Wadi Jarah, from 3 main directions: Jabal MBC, Tabab al-Fakhida and al-Taba al-Bayda, al-Qabboura and al-Amoud, Tuwaiq as well as East Qaim Sayyab,” a Yemeni military source told the pro-Houthis al-Masirah TV. “During the operation, all the targeted Saudi positions were stormed and captured, heavy losses were inflicted on the enemy forces.”
According to the source, more than 80 personnel of the Saudi military, Sudanese military and Yemeni forces were killed or injured in the course of the operation. Many others were captured by Houthi fighters.
The Houthis also burned or destroyed 29 vehicles, including an M1A2S Abrams battle tank, two M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and two M113A4 armored personnel carriers.
The attack was a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition. Six year into the war, the coalition is still incapable of securing the Kingdom’s border.
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