Arab Coalition: Killed ‘Hezbollah’ Members Were Heading to the Border

In this March 3, 2016 photo, Houthis, hold a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally in support of Hezbollah, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Coalition Forces in Support of Legitimacy in Yemen said Monday that 8 members of the Lebanese “Hezbollah”, including a commander, were killed during a military operation against Houthi militias in Maran, the stronghold of the Iranian-backed insurgents in Saada province.

Spokesman for the Coalition Forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the Yemeni National Army, supported by the Coalition, killed 41 terrorist elements and destroyed their vehicles and equipment. Among them were 8 “Hezbollah” members, including a commander.

It was the first official announcement by the Coalition, of Lebanese “Hezbollah” fighters being killed in Yemen although Maliki told AFP it was “not the first time.”

At a news conference held in Riyadh, Maliki said that the “Hezbollah” members were part of a group heading to the Saudi border when they were spotted by Arab Coalition surveillance network.

“Terrorist members… from Hezbollah and from the Iranian regime are coming to help the rebels launch ballistic missiles and train them in combat,” he said.

The spokesperson also said during the period from 18 to 25 June, Houthis launched three missiles against Saudi Arabia, confirming that the alliance and the Kingdom would continue to protect its territory, its citizens and residents on its land.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia launched the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (MASAM), by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

The project aims to save the lives of Yemeni civilians from the dangers of internationally prohibited mines planted by Houthis in Yemeni territory, particularly in the provinces of Maareb, Aden, Sana’a and Taiz.

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, Advisor-Royal Court and General Supervisor of KSRelief said that the authorities have so far found more than 600 landmines in the liberated areas in addition to 130,000 internationally embargoed anti-boat-and-vessel sea mines, out of them 40,000 in Maareb and 16,000 in Meyon Island.

The project is implemented by Saudi and international experts on five stages with a budget of $40 million.

Source: Asharo Al-Awasat

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