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Saudi-Led Coalition Continues Sustaining Large Casualties in Yemen

30 January 2016 18:03


The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their retaliatory attacks against the Saudi-led coalition troops, and killed some 25 Saudi soldiers in Ma’rib province on Saturday.

At least 25 Saudi forces were killed in heavy clashes with the Yemeni forces in al-J’adan region in Ma’rib province as they were trying to penetrate into the areas under the Yemeni forces’ control.

The Yemeni forces prevented the Saudi forces from entering the Mafraq al-Jawf district in al-J’adan after a several-hour-long battle.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Yemeni forces destroyed the military equipment of the Saudi-led forces in Ma’rib province, killing Saudi Arabia’s key commander in the region.

Two armored personnel carriers and a military vehicle of the Saudi-led forces were destroyed in Koufel region in Ma’rib province.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces thwarted an attack by the Saudi forces on al-Khaneq region in al-J’adan of Ma’rib province.

“The commander of the Second Battalion of Saudi Arabia’s Division 314,  Ahmad al-Doudehi, was killed in the Yemeni forces’ operations in Al-J’adan region,” the Arabic-language Al-Masira news website quoted a Yemeni military source as saying on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 309 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 8,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Over 3,750 schools have been closed and at least 1.2 million Yemeni people have been displaced so far.

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