The Houthis’ media wing has released a video documenting the group’s recent operation against ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda’. Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the group, presented the video via teleconference on August 21. The spokesman also shared new details of the operation.
During the operation, which lasted for two weeks, the Houthis killed, captured or injured around 250 terrorists of ISIS and al-Qaeda. The group’s fighters also destroyed fourteen positions and military camps of the terrorists, liberating 1,000 km2 of the district of Wald Rabi’.
“Among those killed there were five commanders of ISIS, including the group’s leader [in Wald Rabi’] as well as the security and financial officials,” Brig. Gen. Sari said.
According to Brig. Gen. Sari, the terrorists were supporting Saudi-led coalition operations in al-Bayda. The terrorists also received support from the coalition.
“We found complete information and evidence confirming that these elements had carried out various operations during the past years in more than one Yemeni region,” the spokesman said, adding: “We also obtained evidence confirming that the Takfiris [terrorists] were coordinating with other elements in Arab and foreign states.”
The video released by the Houthis confirms that coalition warplanes provided the terrorists with close air support during their battle with the Houthis in Wald Rabi’. The video shows close combat between Houthi fighters and the terrorists as well as loads of weapons and equipment which were seized by the Yemeni group.
Brig. Gen. Sari said the operation was launched after extensive intelligence work. The operation was carried out in cooperation with local tribes from Wald Rabi’ as well as tribes from the nearby district of al-Qurashiyah.
The operation dealt a major blow to ISIS and al-Qaeda remnants in al-Bayda’. The two terrorist groups have been solidifying their influence in the central province since the outbreak of the war in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition rarely took action against them.