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Yemeni Army Launches Special Military Operation in Baydha Province, Kills Saudi-Led Coalition Commanders

Spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Sariee declared that Yemen’s army has launched special military operations in the country’s al-Baydha province against the Saudi-led coalition, killing and arresting a number of commanders close to fugitive former President Mansour Hadi.

In the Yemeni army’s military operation conducted in al-Baydha province to the Southeast of Sana’a province, tens of forces of Hadi, including Intelligence Head of Infantry Brigade 19 Colonel Ahmed al-Ayashi, Commander of Battalion 4 of Infantry Brigade 153 Colonel Hussein Diman and son of Mofarah Bahibeh were killed, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television channel quoted Sariee as saying.

The Yemeni military spokesman noted that over 30 dead bodies are still scattered in the battlefield and 50 of the injured Saudi-led forces were transferred to Biyan Hospital.

“A large number of military vehicles and equipment of the Saudi-led forces were destroyed and six military vehicles as well as a large amount of military equipment were seized,” Sariee added.

The Yemeni armed forces spokesman noted that the names of the slain commanders of the Saudi-led coalition will be disclosed soon.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need and is seeing a spike in needs, fuelled by ongoing conflict, a collapsing economy and diminished social services and livelihoods. The blockade on Yemen has smothered humanitarian deliveries of food and medicine to the import-dependent state.

The UN has repeatedly criticized the Saudi-UAE-led military coalition’s bombing campaign and placed it on a blacklist of child rights violators last year.

A UN panel has also compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

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