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Houthis Repel Saudi-led Coalition Attack In Dali’ (Video)

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On May 24, the Houthis repelled an attack by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies on their newly-captured positions in the town of Qat’aba in the central Yemeni province of Dali’.

The Yemeni group’s media wing released a short video showing Houthi fighters targeting coalition troops gatherings with mortars, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and heavy machine guns, effectively forcing them to withdrew from the Qat’aba’s outskirt.

Earlier this week, the Houthis captured dozens of positions around Qat’aba, solidifying their presence in the strategic town. The Yemeni rebels captured loads of weapons and dozens of vehicles from Saudi-backed forces during their advance.

Despite this failure, the attack on Qat’aba indicates that the Saudi-led coalition is planning to put an end to the Houthis advance in Dali’. The group capturing the entire northern part of the province over the last two months.

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  • S Melanson

    The Coalition is “planning to end” the advance of Ansar Allah and supporting local tribes in Dhale Province. This plan will have the same fate as all previous plans, failure.

    The Coalition put up a good fight though and gave Ansar Allah and allied tribes a hard time. That said, although the Coalition are desperately trying to prevent a collapse in the South, they have so far managed only to delay what is increasingly looking like the eventual fall of South Yemen.

    I predicted earlier that Aden will be taken by Ansar Allah no later then the fall. My conviction that this will happen has only gotten stronger. The Coalition attempts to stop the advance was only temporary and not enough to stop what will be the inevitable loss of Dhale province. This opens up the road to Aden.

    Amazingly, Ansar Allah has maintained strong engagement with the Coalition in the North while going head to head with the Coalition in the South. A year ago few would have thought this situation would be remotely possible and yet here we are.

    2019 is a special year indeed, with much more to come.

    • LR captain

      i agree with most of the your statement, however i don’t see Aden falling by the autumn. Id say they would be launching strikes into Aden area by spring of 2020. this due to a few reasons.

      1 the houthis finally have the ability to destroy some Saudi warplanes. With their drones strikes forcing the Saudis air force farther away from the front reducing their effectiveness. Saudi air power has much greater effect near coastal areas. were the there are less hills.

      2 The coalition will throw everything at them to block their push into into aden. They would even offer to pull out of the hodeidah area. Basically they loose Aden they officially loose the war, To make matter even worse they will they try include Aden in the hodeidah cease fire.

      3 Taiz and Hodeidah sadly do show the houthis lack close quarters skills and street fighting seems to favor the Saudis. I really think that if they need to medium sized towns first to gain some experience

      4 the houthis supply lines might be streched too thin while also to exposed and they might go after taiz or other areas to shorten their front line. So that there are less bulges and pocket areas that the Saudis hold.

      • S Melanson

        That was my thinking to but I noticed some clues to there being bigger plans. The axis of attacks in the South suggest the goal is to threaten Aden itself. Reports have also discussed Aden as the end-goal and Ansar Allah have spoken of the important symbolic value of Aden to the Saudi/UAE puppet regime – That was put out there as a signal for sure.

        So Ansar Allah must have thought this through and I think I figured out some of the game plan. You bring up the problem of open terrain in any effort to seize Aden, a very good point. So why is the Coalition fighting so hard to prevent Dhale falling when they could preserve troops and set up a defensive line in more favourable open terrain where air power will be much more effective? I think it has to do with shifting tribal allegiances. The Coalition leadership assumed easy victory over Ansar Allah and so did not sufficiently cultivate tribal support in the South (and definitely not in the North). Now the Coalition are paying the price.

        The attack in the south commenced following increasingly overt opposition of the Coalition among the Southern tribes and near total consolidation of Northern tribal support behind Ansar Allah thanks to Coalition stupidity. Ansar Allah, I assume, was counting on tribal support in their advance in Dhale and apparently have been getting such support.

        The intense Coalition attempts to stop the advance are a sign of great concern over collapse in the South and the need to turn the tide – tribal elders will back a winner and the Coalition do not look like winners right now despite a good effort (the first I have seen in my opinion). The ineffectiveness of the Coalition to halt the advance, despite an intense effort, makes it more likely more Southern tribes will turn against the Coalition and that mercenaries will show even less staying power – if that’s even possible.

        Most importantly, if Dhale Province is completely overrun, the tribal elders in the vicinity of Aden may throw there lot in with Ansar Allah and pose a threat to the Coalition rear area, sabotaging supply lines, tying down troops and expect spike in desertion among Coalition forces.

        Coalition weakness and wholesale tribal revolt against the Coalition could spell doom and seal Aden’s fate.

        This is my assessment and your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

        • LR captain

          Hodeidah and Taiz are both in same situation. Both have very thin supply routes. That is why the Saudis got Taiz province included in the cease fire. But id like you factor these into your thinking.

          – Saudis know their warplanes are under threat. (the houthis drones) so they will need to force a ground victory to distract the Houthis over all focus. (that is their way of thinking)

          – Striking of north Yemen and south of Yemen The houthis seem to be following the cease fire.

          – The Saudi had always lied and used the ceasefires to just regroup. so when Aden comes under threat. What is really stopping the Saudis from launching and all out assault along the country’s western mountain range that lies on the boarder between Taiz and Hodeidah to try and force the Houthis to move forces away from Aden. The shock alone would cause the houthis advance to stall for a week or two.

          I know the actual chances of the Saudis taking such a target will be low and and have very high cost per high point gained. The same was said about them reaching Hodeidah city. They can always just throw low paid African mercs at the houthis until a breakthrough is achieved.

          • S Melanson

            Will give what you say some thought. I will say this much, I assume that Ansar Allah are cognizant that ceasefires are used for regrouping by the Coalition and so they should have contingencies is place. What they might be and how effective not sure about but will think about it.