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    Houthis Release Footage Allegedly Showing Attack on Saudi Arabian Forces Near Yemen Border

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    The militants reported capturing armoured vehicles and officers from Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a military coalition in support of President Hadi, on 28 September. Riyadh hasn't confirmed or denied the information.

    Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria has presented footage allegedly showing how the militant group attacked Saudi forces in the border region of Najran, capturing troops, officers and armoured vehicles in the process. The video was aired by the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV broadcaster.

    The video shows several cars in an armoured column being hit by blasts. The Houthi military spokesman didn't specify when the footage was filmed. A day earlier, the Houthis reported defeating three "enemy military brigades" and capturing "thousands" of soldiers, along with officers, over the last three days.

    Riyadh has not confirmed or denied the Houthis' statements regarding the alleged defeat and capture of Saudi troops. Sputnik could not independently verify the Houthi reports or the authenticity of the video.

    Smoke is seen following a fire at an Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media
    Smoke is seen following a fire at an Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media

    The Houthi claims of military successes come weeks after the militant group claimed responsibility for conducting a successful strike against Saudi Aramco oil facilities on 14 September, which crippled the country's oil production.

    Days later, head of the Houthi Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat announced that the movement was ceasing its attacks against Saudi Arabia with the use of drones and other weapons. He also called on Riyadh to follow suit, promising to resume hostilities if Saudi Arabia were to continue its attacks in Yemen.


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