The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed a major victory over the Saudi-led coalition forces in a fight along the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, in which the rebels purportedly killed hundreds of coalition troops and captured thousands more, according to multiple reports.
Saudi Arabia, together with other regional Sunni partners, has been battling the Shia Houthis since they overthrew the government in Yemen several years ago, igniting a civil war that has slowly evolved into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. “Operation Victory from God is the largest military one since the brutal aggression began,” Mohammed Abdul Salam, a Houthi spokesman said Sunday, The Guardian reported. “The enemy suffered heavy losses.”
He claimed the attacks took place inside Saudi Arabia, revealing photos and video footage said to show destroyed vehicles with Saudi markings, corpses dressed in Saudi uniforms, a trail of captured enemy troops, and a vast collection of seized enemy weaponry, The Washington Post reported.
Yahiya Sarea, another Houthi spokesman, said that the Saudi-led coalition suffered “huge losses in life and machinery,” BBC reported.
The rebels claim to have killed as many as 500 coalition troops and captured as many as 2,000, including an unknown number of Saudi officers. The Houthi claims remain unverified, but a success of this scale would make the assault a tremendous victory for the rebels.