Stop the Illegal Attack on Yemen!

Saudi warplanes have conducted new attacks on Yemen’s northwestern Sa’ada Province, killing five people there.

The fatalities were caused in the Razeh city on Friday. Casualties were also reported after Saudi warplanes launched airstrikes on the city of Amran, also located in the country’s northwest.

Meanwhile, in the southwest, Saudi fighter jets conducted four airstrikes on the central security camp in the city of Ibb, the provincial capital of a province with the same name.

Two women were killed and three people wounded in airstrikes on the Majma’ah complex in the province.

Saudi Arabia began its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – to restore power to the fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

Smoke billows following Saudi airstrikes in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, August 20, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Over 4,300 people have been killed in conflict in Yemen since late March, the World Health Organization said on August 11. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.

Ground invasion & occupation

Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri, a Saudi military spokesperson, said on Wednesday that the country’s ground troops had entered Yemen’s northern territories to counter the growing retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces on Saudi soil.

He said Saudi forces had pushed their way into the northern Yemeni regions, which overlook the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, political activist and radio host Don DeBar offered his vision of what the future holds for the Saudis in their invasion of Yemen.

The Saudis “have been engaged by the Yemeni people on the ground before and they haven’t fared very well… I guess the strategy before was to try to take out Yemeni infrastructure, and then they figured if they could do that, the population would be in such disarray that they would be able to just walk in,” DeBar said.

Yet, he said, when the Saudi tried that, Yemenis started to fire rockets into Saudi Arabia and “took out some Saudi troops on Saudi territory.”

He said the Saudi regime “really stands on paper clips really,” and that “a good huff-puff would blow their house down, so I think they got a little nervous and I assume they sat down with the command-and-control folks at the Pentagon, who have been guiding the airstrikes and said, ‘We have to do something more aggressive.’”

How such a ‘strategy’ could fail

“The problem with their ‘strategy,’” DeBar said, “is number one… they are not very well-protected. The regime itself is highly unpopular… So, if the people stand up there (in Saudi Arabia), that regime goes down, particularly if the army is out in the field.”

The second problem, he said, is that Saudi Arabia, which has forces in Bahrain to suppress a popular uprising there, does not have enough resources to use against Yemen.

The third problem, he said, is that the Yemeni people are very organized as a people and as a nation.

“Once they get into the Yemeni cities, they (the Saudis) are going to lose their entire army,” DeBar concluded.