On October 24, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) shared combat footage and new details from their most recent operation against Saudi-backed forces in the central Yemen provinces of Shabwah and Ma’rib.
During the operation, codenamed “Spring of Victory,” Houthi fighters captured 3,200 square kilometers of territory, including the districts of Usaylan, Bayhan and Ain in Shabwah as well as the districts of Harib and al-Abdiyah in Ma’rib. The fighters also captured several areas in the districts of al-Jubah and Jabal Murad in Ma’rib.
At a press conference, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, said that 550 Saudi-backed fighters were killed, 1,200 were wounded and 90 others were captured in the course of the operation.
Some of the slain fighters were allegedly members of al-Qaeda and ISIS cells in Shabwah and Ma’rib, who have been receiving support from the Saudi-led coalition, according to Brig. Gen. Sari.
Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 705 airstrikes on Shabwah and Ma’rib in order to stop the Houthis. However, the airstrikes were not effective.
During the large-scale operation, Houthi fighters also destroyed 160 military vehicles and 180 pieces of weapons of Saudi-backed forces.
The Houthi’s air-defense forces carried out 296 engagements and managed to shot down four drones of the Saudi-led coalition, two Boeing Insitu ScanEagle 2, a CASC Rainbow and a CAIG Wing Loong.
The missile force carried out 95 attacks on Saudi-backed forces in Yemen and 35 attacks on Saudi Arabia. From its side, the drone force carried out 161 attacks on Saudi targets within Yemen and 117 attacks on the Kingdom.
Operation Spring of Victory was a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemen proxies, who have been attempted to stop the Houthis’ advance in Ma’rib for more than seven months now, to no avail.
The Houthis want to capture Ma’rib city and nearby oil fields. This could happen before the end of this year. Houthi fighters are already on the western outskirts of the city.