Sana’a (GPA) – Yemen’s Army and Popular Committee’s Special Forces carried out a successful ambush on Sunday against multiple invading U.S.-backed battalions in Hodeidah. The operation resulted in the killing, wounding, or surrender of over 150 coalition forces — including several high-ranking leaders. The ambush comes just days after Saudi Arabia carried out a genocidal series of attacks in Hodeidah killing and injuring over 170 civilians.
Yemen’s Armed Forces issued a statement shortly following the operation which took place in the city of Drehemi, Hodeidah. Yemeni Special Forces first destroyed ten coalition military vehicles and then managed to kill, wound, or capture over 150 invading forces of various ranks and positions.
The statement urged Yemenis fighting in the U.S.-Saudi ranks to withdraw and abandon their positions reaffirming that all extensions of the coalition aggression will meet a similar fate of the 150 killed and captured on Sunday. Yemen’s Armed forces said it would continue developing various land, sea, and air tactics with support from the local population in Hodeidah to defend the country.
The spokesman for the Ansarullah (Houthi) movement, Mohammed Abdulsalam, spoke to Tasnim News Agency this week explaining that Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees plan to surprise the coalition with their special tactics. He stressed that Hodeidah would turn into a graveyard for invaders. Abdulsalam said that Yemeni troops managed to capture 35 Saudi-backed mercenaries on Saturday bringing the total to 60 — prior to Sunday’s massive ambush.
U.S.-backed Saudi War Continues to Backfire
This is a huge success for Yemeni resistance forces in the battle for Hodeidah.
In fact, despite the continuous genocidal attacks, Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees carried out a number of successful defensive attacks.
Also on Sunday, Yemen’s Air Force and Rocket Force carried out a joint operation against Saudi-backed forces along Yemen’s west coast. Behind enemy lines in Asir, Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees repelled advances from Saudi-backed forces with intense air cover from U.S.-backed fighter jets for six hours. Yemeni forces killed or injured at least 50 Saudi mercenaries in the Asir operation. Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have expanded their operations beyond the Saudi border in retaliation for the ongoing U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes and blockade.
On Saturday, Yemen’s Air Force struck the King Khalid Airbase behind enemy lines in the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
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Yemenis Ask for Peace, the Saudi Coalition Responds with Genocidal Attacks
On August 1, the head of Sana’a’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, issued a statement calling for a 24-hour ceasefire which would be extended as long as the Saudi-led coalition reciprocated. Yemen’s Defense Ministry concurred al-Houthi’s statement and announced it would halt all maritime attacks in the Red Sea.
Neither Saudi Arabia, the United States, or the United Arab Emirates — all prominent players in the coalition against Yemen — formally responded to Sana’a’s request for a ceasefire.
Instead, Saudi Arabia carried out a genocidal war crime against Yemeni civilians.
On August 2, U.S.-backed warplanes bombed a crowded fish market in Hodeidah province. The fighter jets then circled around and targeted the entrance of the city’s only hospital as the wounded made their way inside. According to local sources, warplanes continued targeting the ambulances and rescue crews.
The blatant attack left at least 55 civilians dead and over 120 injured — many in critical condition. The Yemeni Health Ministry urged citizens to donate blood to keep up with the demand for patients injured in the attack. Medical professionals rushed from the capital city of Sana’a to Hodeidah to assist their colleagues.
The attack was so disturbing it even prompted condemnation from Ansarullah’s enemies in the Southern Movement: a separatist movement cosigned by the United Arab Emirates with militias fighting for the Saudi coalition.
The Saudi war against Yemen would not be possible without military, logistical, and intelligence support from the United States.
Video: Yemeni forces repel Saudi-backed mercenaries in Asir.
Featured photo: Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees in al-Jouf province. Images and video courtesy Ansarullah Media Center.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.