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Dozens of Southern militants desert West Coast front; return to Aden

Dozens of UAE-backed troops have reportedly deserted their positions at the West Coast frontline and have returned to Aden, following an apparent conflict with the leadership of the Saudi-led invasion coalition. Militia members complained of lacking pay, heavy casualties and betrayal at the hands of the Saudi-backed forces of Tariq Afash.

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SANA’A – Dozens of southern Yemeni militants from the UAE-backed al-Mahdar Brigade have reportedly deserted their positions along the West Coast frontline, and have returned to Aden without any apparent orders to do so.

The al-Mahdar Brigade, led by an officer named Bassam al-Mahdar, came in conflict with the Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday, when for as of yet unknown reasons the local representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) refused to pay the militants for their services.

Subsequently, many in the brigade decided on Thursday to leave their positions and return to Aden, effectively forcing the nearby Hamdi Shukri Brigade to cover the positions they deserted. The city of Aden has been an effective war zone of its own for years now, as Saudi-backed Wahhabi forces have been clashing with UAE-backed South Yemeni separatist groups. It is possible that the desrted Brigade members will join in the worsening conflict over the southern port city in the near future.

The al-Mahdar Brigade has been participating in the battles for the West Coast for the past three months, but has suffered tremendous losses at the hands of the Yemeni Armed Forces and the Popular Committes loyal to the National Salvation Government of Sana’a.

Aside from this, hundreds of militiamen were reportedly killed during infighting between the al-Mahdar Brigade and Saudi-backed troops led by Tariq Afash, the nephew of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Afash, who deserted to the Saudis in December 2017, has a notorious reputation for setting his private army loose upon South Yemeni separatist militias and other former anti-Saleh groups, despite the fact that they technically fight on the same side of the conflict.

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Ansarullah: Balance of power in favor of defence forces in Hodeidah

The balance of power is in favour of the Yemeni defenders in the Hodeidah frontline. This was said by Ansarullah Political Bureau member Mohammed al-Bukhaiti in the wake of the fourth major Saudi attempt to conquer the city of Hodeidah.

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SANA’A – The situation in Hodeidah, despite heavy attacks by the Saudi-led coalition, is heavily in favour of the national forces defending the city. This is what Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, member of the Political Bureau of Ansarullah, said during a televised interview by Al-Jazeera.

During an interview with the Qatar-based news agency, al-Bukhaiti stated that the Yemeni Armed Forces have made great progress on numerous fronts in Hodeidah province, and has inflicted heavy casualties on the invaders.

Despite ongoing hostilities in Hodeidah, marking the fourth major attempt by Saudi Arabia to take the city, the situation on the ground shows that the national defence forces are heavily in favour, the Ansarullah bureau member said.

Al-Bukhaiti also called on the Yemeni people to redouble their efforts in order to force the Saudi-led invaders to consider a peaceful solution.

Saudi Arabia has been trying to capture Hodeidah for months, with each attempt ending in abject failure and heavy casualties amongst the invaders.

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Yemeni army beats back Saudi attack in Hodeidah, killing 40

Yet another major Saudi attack against Hodeidah was foiled by the Yemeni Armed Forces on Monday, inflicting heavy casualties on the invaders.

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SANA’A – The Armed Forces of Yemen have defeated yet another Saudi-led attack in the south of Hodeidah province, driving the invading forces back with heavy losses.

According to military spokesperson Brigadier Yahya Sarie, a Saudi attack in the south and east of Hodeidah, targeting the Kilo 16 and airport areas, was beaten back by the defenders of Yemen. Brigadier Sarie furthermore stated that at least 40 invading troops were killed and 60 wounded during the clash, and confirmed that the Saudi s were unable to make any progress.

Also according to the military spokesman, the Saudi Air Force engaged in blind attacks during the confrontations, even ending up bombing their own mercenary forces. Sarei confirmed that several mercenaries, mostly working for the Tariq Afash or Giants’ Brigades mercenary gangs, were killed by Saudi friendly fire.

Brigadier Yahya Sarie concluded his report by stating that the drone and artillery forces from the Yemeni army have engaged in long-distance shelling of invader forces near the Kilo 16 area.

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Video: 3 coalition’s military mechanisms destroyed in western coast

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HODEIDAH – Footage released on Sunday by the military media of Yemeni army showing the army forces destroying three military mechanisms belonging to Saudi-led coalition forces in western province of Hodeidah.

The video showed the army forces destroying a military bulldozer and setting fire to two military pickups in Tuhitah district of the western coast of Yemen.

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