In its agitation and panic over the recent Houthi invasion of Saudi territory and overtaking of Saudi military installations on the Yemeni border, KSA is now attempting to take back control of its Jizan region.
Fully engrossed in its illegal war on the Yemeni people, the Saudis responded rather slowly to an invasion of their own territory, demonstrating even further that Saudi military forces are nothing but a paper tiger incapable of even defending their own territory much less invading and defeating another country.
On August 17, Saudi forces attempted to break the Houthi forces’ control over their positions in the Jizan Region. The Saudi air raids took place after three Houthi ballistic missiles struck their positions in Jizan.
Interestingly enough, the air raids took place primarily in the village of Al-Qamr. The Saudi bombings were indiscriminate and civilians were largely the target of the helicopter-based attack, according to reports by al-Masirah News Agency and Al-Masdar.
KSA is now not only losing its war in Yemen but it is losing territory within its own borders as the Houthis penetrate at least 10kms into the country.
In a story that went virtually unreported in the West, the Houthis managed to wrest control of three Saudi military bases in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province, located near the Saudi-Yemen border in January of this year. The bases Jabal al-Doud, al-Aril, and Madba were all seized by Houthi forces and fighters with “allied Popular Committees.”
In addition, the Houthi forces along with Yemeni soldiers launched retaliatory shelling strikes inside Saudi Arabia’s al-Makhrouq military base in the southern Najran region.
Houthis and allied Yemeni fighters have long been inflicting heavy damage upon Saudi and Saudi-led coalition troops and vehicles deployed on the ground inside Yemen as well as occasionally downing coalition jets. The fighters have also managed to damage Saudi ships located off the coast.
In July, 2016, Houthi forces launched ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia. According to reports coming from Al-Masdar, Houthis launched a Tochka ballistic missile toward the Ahad al-Masarihah Military camp, resulting in a heavy death toll of Saudi soldiers as well the destruction of several armored vehicles.
In addition, it was announced in early August that a coalition that will function as a “political council” is in the works between the Houthis and fighters loyal to former President Saleh, a move that flies in the face of the GCC resolutions regarding the governing structure of Yemen.
As KSA continues to show its military weakness, it is also likely to embolden dissidents inside the country who have been kept down in the past by threat of KSA’s security forces. With such abysmal failure of KSA to actually accomplish military goals and with its targeting of its own citizens indiscriminately, dissatisfaction with the feudal monarchy may soon reach new heights, spelling ruin to the Western-supported kingdom.