On June 14, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) shared footage of twelve Saudi and Sudanese service members who were captured during a recent large-scale ground operation in the southern Saudi province of Jizan.
The operation, which took place earlier this year, saw Houthi fighters reaching the town of al-Khobhd, more than 3 kilometers into Jizan.
At least 80 personnel of the Saudi military, Sudanese military and Yemeni forces were killed or injured during the operations. The Houthis also destroyed more than 29 vehicles and captured loads of weapons and equipment.
Ten of the personnel captured during the operation were Saudis and two were Sudanese. The Houthis identified the captives as follow:
- Sergeant Issa Ali Hadi al-Sulaimani from Baysh City, Jizan, Saudi Arabia;
- Corporal Abdullah Ghaithan Moaidh al-Qarni from al –Majardah, ‘Asir, Saudi Arabia;
- Sergeant Saleh Ayed al-Otaibi from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;
- Corporal Ahmed Abdo Hassan Musa from Jizan, Saudi Arabia;
- Corporal Ahmed Abdulaziz al-Juhaini from Medina, Saudi Arabia;
- Sergeant Abdullah Ali Saad al-Shehri from ‘Asir, Saudi Arabia;
- Corporal Ghalab al-Humaidi al-Mutairi from Qassim, Saudi Arabia;
- Private Nayef Muhammad Jaber Hakami from Jizan, Saudi Arabia;
- Private Yahya Attia Muhammad Hanani from Jizan, Saudi Arabia;
- Deputy Sergeant Ahmed Abdullah Asiri from Hail, Asir, Saudi Arabia;
- Sergeant Seif al-Din Bakhit Muhammad Bakhit from Sudan;
- Deputy Corporal Ali Mohsen Hassan al-Zubayr from Sudan.
In brief interviews, the captives asserted that they are being treated well by the Houthis and called on their respective governments to work towards their release.
The Houthis’ media wing also shared never-seen-before footage from Jizan operation. The footage shows intense clashes with Saudi forces deep in Jizan.
The large-scale operation in Jizan was a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition, which ignored all the footage and denied any advance by the Houthis inside Saudi Arabia. This time, it will be very hard for the coalition to deny the identity of the captives.
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