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In Video: Houthis Give Saudi Forces A Lesson In Close Combat In Yemen’s Hajjah

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In Video: Houthis Give Saudi Forces A Lesson In Close Combat In Yemen’s Hajjah

Screen grab from the Houthis video

On March 18, the Houthis announced that their fighters had repelled a large-scale attack by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Initially, the Houthis allowed Saudi-led coalition forces to advance in Bani Hassan area in the district of Hayran. Once Saudi forces went too deep in the area, the Yemeni group launched a well-planned counter-attack. Saudi forces, who were taken by surprise, failed to hold onto their positions.

A video of the battle in Bani Hassan shows Houthi fighters clashing with Saudi forces from a close distance. Several units were ambushed by the Houthis while withdrawing.

In the course of the battle, the Houthis destroyed or captured several Oshkosh M-ATV armored vehicles of the Saudi Armed Forces. An unspecified number of Saudi-backed fighters were also killed or injured.

The Houthis were able to recapture all the positions they lost in Bani Hassan. Saudi-led coalition forces were pushed out of the region.

The successful counter-attack in Bani Hassan is an example of how the Houthis maintain the upper hand on several fronts in Yemen despite their limited resources. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition’s achievements remain limited.

On March 16, coalition warplanes also targeted a a waterborne improvised explosive device off the town of al-Salif on the western coast of Yemen.

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