Sana’a (GPA) – Yemen’s military media has released video from two defensive operations this weekend. Using new domestically produced air defense equipment, Yemeni forces successfully shot down an Apache helicopter and unmanned reconnaissance drone. Both aircraft belonged to the US-backed Saudi-led coalition.
• Yemeni forces used surface-to-air missiles to shoot down an Apache helicopter and Chinese-made unmanned drone on Saturday.
• Brigadier-general Yahya Saree said that Yemeni forces used a new air defense technology that will soon be revealed.
• Saudi Arabia and its allies continue violating the Stockholm ceasefire agreement on a daily basis.
Yemeni forces use new technology to down two enemy aircraft on Saturday
Yemeni military media first announced that their forces had shot down a US-made Apache helicopter on Saturday in Asir province along the Saudi-Yemeni border.
Saudi officials confirmed via Twitter that two Saudi pilots were killed in the incident.
Yemeni general Saree reiterated that his military will take all necessary measures to protect its airspace and said that attempts to violate Yemen’s sovereignty will not be a “picnic for anyone.”
Also on Saturday, Yemeni forces used surface-to-air missiles to successfully destroy a Saudi unmanned reconnaissance drone — a Chinese version of the US MQ-9 Reaper — in Hajjah province.
Brigadier-general Saree said that Yemeni forces used new military technology to take down the enemy aircraft. He did not explain whether Yemeni forces used a new type of missile or new air defense system but he did say that the details will be revealed soon.
Yemen has invested resources into its domestic military program since Saudi Arabia launched its war in 2015 to reinstate the ousted Saudi puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Over the past four and a half years, Yemen’s Sana’a-based government — known only as “Houthi rebels” throughout western media — has broken Yemen’s reliance on foreign military aid. Today, Yemen has successfully developed its own
• long, mid, and short-range ballistic missile systems
• unmanned reconnaissance drones
• kamikaze drones
• surface-to-air missiles
Of course, this is on top of Yemen’s specialized training and dedication to the cause of defending the country from US-Saudi aggression.
Ahmed Abdulrahman, a political science student in Sana’a, told Geopolitics Alert that he’s proud of his country’s advanced domestic missile program in spite of the deadly siege:
“I’m so proud of what the Yemeni missile force has achieved during the past four years. The Missile Force has worked on developing Yemen’s missiles capabilities under a suffocating siege and a total ban on all raw materials. All made by Yemeni hands. Yemen’s Missile Force is the biggest deterrent to the US-Saudi coalition. It operates out of a legitimate right to self-defense in response to the genocide carried out by the coalition in Yemen”
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Saudis continue violating the 2018 Stockholm agreement
Going back to December of 2018, Saudi Arabia, their allies, and the Sana’a government led by Ansarullah all agreed to a ceasefire with very specific terms and conditions in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ansarullah agreed to demilitarize Hodeidah port while the Saudi-led coalition agreed to stop its offensive on Hodeidah city and other west coast ports. The agreement also stated that all parties must open humanitarian corridors so that civilians could receive vital aid.
The Sana’a government led by Ansarullah held up its end of the ceasefire to demilitarize Hodeidah port but the Saudi-led coalition never called off its offensive. The Saudi-led coalition and their affiliated mercenaries continue carrying out airstrikes and artillery attacks on a daily basis, mostly targeting civilian areas.
In September alone, US-Saudi coalition airstrikes and military bombardment killed or injured 208 civilians including 70 women and children, according to a government report Geopolitics Alert received from Yemen. Over the past weekend, Saudi-backed artillery bombardment in Hodeidah destroyed two homes and injured three civilians.
Saudi Arabia also continues interfering with vital civilian aid. In September, it was revealed that Riyadh had detained 13 ships destined for Hodeidah Port. The ships, which mostly contained fuel and food, were already inspected by Saudi and UN officials in Djibouti and cleared for docking in Hodeidah. Despite this, Saudi Arabia detained the ships to manufacture a humanitarian disaster.
Yemen’s Health Ministry Spokesman, Yousuf al-Haidari, told Geopolitics Alert that due to the lack of fuel, many of Yemen’s hospitals were forced to close and millions of patients were at risk of death.
Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and their allies are also imposing an unlawful land-sea-air blockade that restricts imports, exports, financial activity, and the free flow of movement.
The US-backed Saudi-led coalition launched the Golden Victory operation in June of 2018 in an effort to occupy Hodeidah port despite warnings from the United Nations and rights groups that over 600 thousand civilians could die.
Washington provides the bulk of military support including precision-guided smart weapons, training, fighter jets, and fuel for warplanes as well as logistical and intelligence support. US smart weapons are frequently used in Saudi war crimes such as the bombings of a school bus in August of 2018, weddings, refugee camps, funerals, and countless other large civilian gatherings.
Over 100 thousand people have died as a result of the US-Saudi aggression against Yemen.
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.