Midi (GPA) – The Saudi-led invading coalition recently increased their operations on the Midi front in Yemen’s Hajjah province. Over 300 of these troops were killed by Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees in the past few months.
Saudi Arabia and their allies recently increased air strikes and troops around Midi attempting to carry out a ground operation against Yemeni forces. For months, Saudi Arabia has pounded Midi with dozens of air strikes each day; sometimes totaling over 60.
Sudan doesn’t get much publicity for their involvement in the Saudi war against Yemen, but they have sacrificed a substantial amount of manpower over the past few years.
In 2015, the Sudanese government received $2.2 billion from members of the Gulf Cooperation Council for joining the coalition against Yemen. $1b came from Riyadh, and $1.22b came from Qatar who was previously a member of the Saudi-led alliance.
The invading Sudanese troops have not fared well against Yemen’s well-trained and motivated Army and Popular Committees. But that did not stop Sudan from escalating their involvement in the war by sending an additional batch of troops in June. Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Bin Auf assured his Gulf allies that an additional 6,000 troops were ready to participate at their request.
Since this escalation, Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have killed 324 of these invading forces on the Midi front alone. 117 of these were Sudanese troops including the commander of the fourth battalion. 18 were Saudi soldiers, and the rest have not yet been identified.
Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees (which includes Ansarullah, the Republican Guard, among others) remains determined to defend Yemen from all invading forces. Last week, Yemen’s Tribal Coalition released an open letter to their Sudanese counterparts urging the Sudanese people to find peace and lay down their weapons against Yemen to stop the bloodshed of the oppressed.
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.