Houthis `deceptive` over Najran attack claims: Saudi-led coalition


The rebels additionally stated they killed or wounded 500 coalition troopers.

According to the resolution, the troops of both sides of the conflict- Ansarullah and Saudi-led coalition backing the exiled government of fugitive president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi- were supposed to withdraw from the area, exchange prisoners of war and establish humanitarian corridors in Hodeidah. If confirmed, the assault would signify one of the crucial vital victories for the Iranian-aligned rebels, often known as Houthis, within the practically five-year civil battle gripping the Center East's poorest nation.

Yahia Sarie, a spokesman for Houthi forces, claimed in a news conference Sunday the rebels took captive more than 2,000 troops, without offering evidence. Numerous men, who apparently surrendered to the rebels, were dressed in flip flops and the traditional sarong-like clothing worn in Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia. A handful wore tan camouflage uniforms. The Houthis claimed they had seized a convoy.

In an interview with Tasnim in late August, Yemen's Minister of Information Zaifullah al-Shami highlighted the Yemeni nation's strong resistance to the acts of aggression by the Saudi-led military coalition.

The Washington Publish couldn't independently confirm any of the photographs.

The Houthis, who had recently stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities, have claimed responsibility for the largest-ever attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 14.

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Iran denies being responsible and has warned any retaliatory attack targeting it will result in an "all-out war".

The Sunni Muslim coalition, which receives arms and intelligence from Western countries, intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the internationally recognised government from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014.

That follows a surprise offer on September 20 by the Houthis to halt drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia if the coalition stops launching airstrikes.

Moreover, he refuted Houthi claims that they had defeated three brigades and captured thousands of prisons.

Oshkosh-made M-ATV vehicles seen in a video footage released by Yemeni Houtis may provide a hint to their claim that they destroyed Saudi military vehicles in an attack launched on Sunday in Najran, a city along Saudi-Yemeni border.

The Houthi-owned Al-Masirah television network broadcast footage showing a long, snaking line of what the rebels said were captured troops walking in rugged terrain.