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UAE-backed mercenary leader Tariq Afash kicks South Yemeni forces from Mocha

In yet another case of infighting between pro-invasion mercenary forces, UAE-backed mercenary leader Tariq Afash, nephew of former president Saleh, has expelled the South Yemeni Amaliqa Brigades from of Mocha, and has taken control of the western port city for himself.

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SANA’A – In yet another bout of infighting between mercenaries serving the Saudi-led invaders, the city of Mocha has changed hands after UAE-backed mercenary leader Tariq Afash kicked out South Yemeni separatist forces.

According to Yemen Press Agency, the UAE earlier issued an official decision to hand over the western port city of Mocha to Afash and his forces, despite the fact that the city was already occupied by UAE-backed South Yemeni separatist militias called Amaliqa, or Giants’ Brigades. The Amaliqa militias are nearly exclusively composed out of mercenaries from southern Yemen, but are known to be fiercely loyal to the Saleh family.

Tariq Afash, nephew of the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh who was killed in battle after betraying Yemen in December 2017, leads his own personal mercenary gang that is funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as his own fraction of the former General People’s Congress (GPC) party. Prior to the 2011 Yemeni Revolution, he was the commander of the Republican Guard for his uncle.

Upon hearing of the news, Tariq Afash reportedly moved into Mocha and immediately expelled the Amaliqa Brigades from the city at large. Moreover, he commanded the southerners to stay out of the affairs of the West Coast battle entirely.

The commanders of the Amaliqa Brigades have reportedly voiced out their anger at this treatment, considering it a grave humiliation that comes as the latest in a long series of tensions between Tariq Afash’ personal miltias and South Yemeni movements.

Afash himself reportedly justified his actions by stating that Mocha is not part of southern Yemen but belongs to the north of the country, as well as calling Amaliqa “unqualified” and “treacherous”. This explanation is unlikely to be accepted by many in the South, however, as the Afash mercenaries themselves maintain a strong military presence deep in southern Yemen as well, even controlling some of the illegal prison and torture camps the UAE has set up in Aden.

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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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