On April 5, the Houthis repelled a limited attack of the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies on their positions in the area of al-Tal’ah in the Kingdom’s southern province of Najran.
Houthi fighters killed several personnel of the Saudi-led coalition during the clashes. Moreover, a video released by the Yemeni rebel group on April 6 shows the Houthis burning two military vehicles, which had been left behind by coalition forces.
“These are their bodies; they didn’t even take it with them … I want to tell Salman [Saudi Crown Prince] … We the people of Yemen, the army of Yemen … God’s willing … We are victorious … Where are you?” a field commander of the Houthis says in the video while pointing at the body of a Saudi-backed fighter who was killed in the failed attack.
To this day, the Houthis maintain a limited presence in the southern Saudi provinces of Najran, Jizan and Asir. Their high experience with the region’s rough terrain has given them an advantage over the better equipped Saudi military.
The Saudi-led coalition has intensified its attacks along the border with Yemen since the beginning of this year in an attempt to put an end to the Houthis presence there. However, the Yemeni group is still holding onto its positions.