A week after the strike against Aden, and even as Riyadh was led to humiliate itself and make peace with Doha, the situation continues to deteriorate in Maarib, where Ansarallah has doubled the pressure on the southern and western axis to reduce the Saudi military presence to a maximum, new facts emerge: …
Tribes that have long been loyal to Riyadh are beginning to turn their backs on it: Armed men of unknown identity abducted a high-ranking Saudi officer and took him to an unknown area of Maarib governorate in eastern Yemen on Friday. And local sources in the governorate said the abduction of the Saudi officer took place before a planned meeting with al-Qaeda members in Wadi Ubaida, which the officer is expected to attend once he leaves the joint headquarters of the aggression coalition.
Information confirmed that the Saudi officer’s abduction took place between al-Wahq al Janoubi and al-Akd in the Ubaidah tribe.
According to the information, the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Defense of the “Hadi government” loyal to the UAE, Saghir ben Aziz, held an emergency meeting with a number of military commanders after this kidnapping which proves that “Ansarallah’s agents have infiltrated our command center”. At the meeting, which was attended by a number of Maarib notables, ben Aziz accused some of the tribes in the province, “whose names were not mentioned by the source,” of being involved in the kidnapping of the Saudi officer. Some sources have suggested that the officer may have been the Saudi Chief of Staff, but the information is unconfirmed. His rank is quite important since Riyadh has threatened to launch attacks within 48 hours on Maarib against the tribes accused of kidnapping him.
On the ground, very violent fighting continues on the southern and western axis where lightning operations are multiplying against the Saudi army and its mercenaries. Enemy troops are especially afraid of Ansarallah’s drones. The Yemeni Resistance has put online a video showing the destruction of drones, planes and helicopters of the Saudi Air Force by their brand new air defense system. Initially Saudi Arabia used its fighter planes against Yemeni forces. After losing a number of its aircraft in Ansarallah’s ballistic attacks, Saudi Arabia was forced to resort to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. However, the appearance of ground-to-air missiles and radars capable of intercepting and destroying Saudi drones seems to have dealt a blow to the morale of the troops. As a sign of the times, a Kerayel drone was shot down at al-Jawf, provoking the amazement of Russian military sources. The Turkish-designed drone was visibly shot down by a particularly optimized Soviet missile. Indeed, the Soviet version of the missile is not capable of intercepting drones with electronic capabilities like Karyel. It is the radar system that goes with it that would have allowed it.
The spokesman for the Yemeni army, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, specified that “an appropriate missile targeted the Saudi aircraft that was carrying out hostile actions in Yemeni airspace. The Turkish company Vestel Defense developed in the 2000s a reconnaissance drone called Karayel (Black Wind). It is equipped with low wings and a “V” shaped tail with leading edges equipped with de-icing systems.
The reconnaissance equipment, located without a spherical turret under the fuselage, consists of TV and IR cameras as well as possibly a rangefinder and laser designator. The information collected is transmitted live to the ground control station. It is capable of flying at 5000 meters and carrying 35 kg of payload for about ten hours. Being able to intercept and shoot it down is a major breakthrough for the Yemeni Resistance.
by Basit Abbasi – FN