Dozens of Saudi-led coalition military aircraft in addition to hundreds of battle tanks and armored vehicles have been destroyed in the military campaign against Yemen as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious airstrikes against its crisis-hit southern neighbor.
The Yemeni army, in a statement released on Sunday, announced that 37 aircraft plus more than 1,200 tanks and armored vehicles have been destroyed ever since the Saudi regime and its allies launched a devastating war on the country more than two and half years ago, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies also lost a dozen Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, five McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon warplanes plus more than 20 reconnaissance aircraft.
The statement added that ten warships, frigates and a number of gunboats were also destroyed in the Saudi-led military aggression.
Yemeni army soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees have also targeted and destroyed hundreds of command centers and border outposts in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern regions of Najran, Jizan and Assir.
The statement further noted that the Saudi-led war on Yemen has incurred huge fiscal losses on the Riyadh regime and its allies.
Sovereign wealth funds in the Saudi-led military alliance have been pulling money out of asset managers at a faster rate on record in order to finance the aggression against Yemen and cover arms expenditures.
Moreover, the Yemen war has resulted in a budget deficit of 15 percent of gross domestic product for Saudi Arabia, and decreased the volume of capital reserves from $737 billion to $437 billion.
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Deadly Deja Vu: Riyadh’s Bloody ‘Vietnam’ in Yemen Not Going as Planned
Propped up with high-tech US weapons, Saudi Arabia’s ongoing attacks on Yemen are not producing the results that Riyadh intended, as a tenacious Houthi armed resistance refuses to submit and international anger at what the UN is calling the world’s worst humanitarian crisis mounts.
As Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest country, reels under an ongoing three-year military assault by US-armed Saudi Arabia and its allies, the world community watches in increasing alarm as a massive cholera outbreak approaches the million mark and widespread famine kills thousands of children.
“Yemen has turned into a Vietnam for Saudi Arabia,” said senior Iranian government advisor Ali Akbar Velayati, according to a Wednesday statement to Al-Alam, cited by Financialtribune.com.
The ongoing Saudi-led invasion will end “just as Americans suffered a defeat in Vietnam, despite being fully equipped and forced to retreat from Southeast Asia in humiliation,” the former Iranian presidential candidate asserted.
The December 5 execution of Houthi ally and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh — while throwing the rebel faction’s leadership into chaos — has nonetheless revealed that Yemeni fighters will not negotiate with the Saudi monarchy, and will not accept anything less than a complete cessation of hostilities and a withdrawal of Riyadh’s forces from the beleaguered nation.
Riyadh’s ongoing air and sea blockade has sealed off Yemen from the world and has resulted in what the United Nations is calling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, as over 10 million people at a minimum are in need of immediate assistance, according to the New York Times.
Following Saleh’s shocking execution, Riyadh had expected the rebel organization to capitulate, but Saudi Arabia and its satellite states appear to have been caught flat-footed by a stubborn Houthi resistance.
Saudi military and intelligence assets, supported by the US global surveillance network — have been incapable of capitalizing on the assassination of the former Yemeni president who had shown an eagerness to use diplomatic negotiation with Riyadh as a means to end the bloody attacks.
In spite of the Yemen humanitarian crisis, Saudi Arabia and its allies have continued a punishing bombing campaign in the nation that has nonetheless failed to stop the Houthi armed resistance faction, and has intensified civilian suffering and global condemnation, according to Nytimes.com.
The Yemen capital city of Sanaa “is witnessing the worst days in terms of the humanitarian, psychological, military and political situation, and anxiety is hovering over everyone,” reported Yemeni journalist Asem Alshamiri.
During a recent televised speech marking one thousand days since the beginning of the Saudi bombing campaign, Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, declared that Yemenis would never surrender.
“Enemies will not be able to take away our freedom, and weaken our willpower,” the religious leader stated, cited by Lebanon’s Al-Manar News.