The Houthis have foiled a large-scale attack on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and responded with a successful counter-attack, a spokesman for the group announced on January 29.
In an official statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari said that the Houthis foiled the Saudi-led coalition large-scale attack and advanced in the district of Nihm in the course of an operation, codenamed “Operation Solid Structure.”
“The armed forces continued to advance following the collapse of enemy forces, reaching the west of the city of Ma’rib, liberating districts in the provinces of Ma’rib and al-Jawf … A total area of more than 2,500 square kilometers was liberated,” the spokesman said.
Brig. Gen. Sari went on to claim that thousands of Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters were either killed, injured or captured during the operation.
The spokesman said that 17 brigades, two of them from the so-called 3rd Region and three from the 6th Region, as well as 20 battalion had participated in the failed Saudi-led coalition large-scale attack.
“The armed forces allowed hundreds of enemy forces to flee in compliance with the leadership directions to preserve the blood of those who decided to leave the battle,” said Brig. Gen. Said.
The Houthis’ response was not limited to a counter-attack. The group also carried out a missile and drone strike on oil facilities and military positions in Saudi Arabia.
Brig. Gen. Sari concluded his statement by promising to release more information on Operation Solid Structure within the upcoming few days. The Houthis usually release videos of such successful operations.