Brigadier General Yahya Saree, spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces, presented a report on Monday, January 4, on the ongoing developments and the process of war in Yemen during the year 2020.
Yahya Saree quoted by al-Masirah said the Saudi coalition had conducted more than 8888 air strikes against 13 Yemeni provinces in the past year, 410 of which were conducted by drones. According to him, Maarib province alone was the target of 3,621 air strikes. The province has seen heavy fighting around the town of Maarib in recent months. Thus, the provinces of Al-Jawf and Saada were the target of 1981 and 726 air strikes respectively.
Yahya Saree also referred to the attacks and hundreds of cases of ceasefire violations in Hudaydah province, saying that the air strikes in 2020 killed hundreds of people and caused extensive damage to public property.
The Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman went on to say that the continued attacks and crimes by the Saudi coalition had led Yemeni forces to launch attacks against Saudi territory and their positions on Yemeni soil. More than 974 military operations were carried out against the Saudi coalition in the past year, the most significant of which were the Bonyan al-Marsous operation and the clean-up of the Qifa region.
According to Yahya Saree, during these operations, hundreds of members of the Saudi coalition surrendered to Yemeni forces. More than 6,467 coalition members were killed and more than 8,899 were injured. In addition, more than 1,090 Saudi coalition troop and tank vehicles and military equipment were destroyed.
Regarding ballistic attacks, Yahya Saree reported that 253 missiles were fired against Saudi enemy targets, 178 of which reached the positions and bases of the Saudi coalition and its mercenaries on Yemeni soil. A total of 75 missiles were fired against Saudi soil, including 20 Badr P-1, 30 Badr-1, 7 Qods cruise missiles, 6 Zolfaghar and 12 others unidentified.
Stressing that the power of the missiles has proven their ability to react appropriately and inflict heavy damage, especially on basic facilities, Yahya Saree said the Yemeni armed forces have missiles that could target more facilities on Saudi soil.
“There are 10 major targets in Saudi Arabia that can be targeted at any time and within 24 hours if our commanders decide to do so,” he said.
Yemeni ballistic power is a source of pride for the Yemeni people, Saree continued.
Yemeni UAV Power
Brigadier General de Brigade also mentioned drone strikes, presenting a total of 5613 offensive and reconnaissance operations against Saudi coalition positions during the year 2020, including 267 drone strikes against Saudi territory and 180 offensive operations on the home front.
The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces also announced that the new generation of attack drones had not yet been unveiled. UAVs, he said, have high power in terms of speed, strike on the target and destructive power.
Yahya Saree also pointed out that by 2020, the Yemeni army had forced enemy forces to retreat more than 730 times, destroying some 67 enemy fighter and reconnaissance aircraft, including a Tornado fighter in Al-Jawf province and two CH-4 drones in the Nehem and Majzar regions.
The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces finally said that new military units would soon join the ranks of the armed forces to fight the Saudi coalition and that development in all areas within the army would soon be unveiled.
Yemenis have been able to resist the enemy over the years despite limited equipment, but today they have sophisticated military equipment, Yahya Saree said before stressing that Yemen’s ports should not be closed, while the Emirati and Saudi ports continue to operate and this is a clear message to the enemy.