Saudi-led coalition: Houthis a constant threat to Yemeni people

Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition talks at a press conference in Riyadh. (AN photo/Noor Nugali)
Updated 04 January 2018
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Saudi-led coalition: Houthis a constant threat to Yemeni people

RIYADH: Houthi militias are a constant threat to the Yemeni people, and “have been in contact with the Iranian regime since 1994,” Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said Wednesday.
At a press conference in Riyadh, he showed through videos that the coalition continues to accurately target the Houthis and their arsenal of weapons, and avoid civilians.
The Houthis are hiding ballistic missiles in deep caves in the Sanaa mountain of Nahdain, and coalition forces are monitoring the area round-the-clock, he added.
The Houthis have fired 86 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia, and the latest attempt was thwarted, Al-Maliki said.
He described as incorrect a statement by the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, that the coalition campaign has been a “failure.”
All of Shabwa province is now liberated, and the coalition is fighting to oust the Houthis from the remaining 20 percent of Al-Jouf, Al-Maliki said.
While the Houthis are recruiting child soldiers, the coalition has launched a unit to help these children recuperate and reintegrate into civilian life, he added.
Saudi Arabia has provided the Yemeni people with aid by air, land and sea, and all ports are open and receiving humanitarian aid, he said.
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh lost his life protesting the Houthi presence, Al-Maliki added.
The coalition is communicating with many officials in Yemen who have expressed their willingness to desert the Houthis and join the legitimate government, he said.


Yemen’s army progresses against Houthi militia in Taiz

The Yemeni army and forces of the Popular Resistance gained controlled of the strategic military positions overlooking the district of Al-Rahdah, south of Taiz. (Reuters)
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Yemen’s army progresses against Houthi militia in Taiz

The Yemeni army and forces of the Popular Resistance gained controlled of the strategic military positions overlooking the district of Al-Rahdah, south of Taiz on Friday.

Captain Mohammed al-Naqib, told the official Yemeni news agency that the second brigade of the national army was able, after heavy battles, to liberate the mountains overlooking Al-Rahdah from the control of the Houthi militia, who suffered heavy losses.

According to the military official, the forces managed to gain control of several mountains in the area that were controlled by Houthi militia during a military operation backed by air raids of the Saudi-led Arab coalition targeting militia positions.