Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e has on Wednesday revealed the details of Operation Fajr al-Sahra, or “Dawn of the Desert”, which led to the liberation of the Al-Yatama area and its surroundings in Jawf province, bordering Saudi Arabia.
Brigadier General Sare’e confirmed in a press briefing this afternoon, that the army forces and the Popular Committees managed to liberate al-Yatama area in the Khub Washaef district, with an estimated area of 1,200 square kilometers.
He confirmed that coalition warplanes launched more than 60 airstrikes in an attempt to block the advance of the army forces, but failed.
The Saudi-led coalition forces suffered great losses, especially those who insisted on fighting, and those who left the fight were allowed to flee, the spokesman said. He confirmed that more than 35 coalition troops were killed and 37 wounded, in addition to 45 more captured during the operation.
The Yemeni forces were able to damage and burn 15 military and armoured vehicles, in addition to seizing large quantities of medium and light weapons, he added. During the operation, the air defence units reportedly shot down a US-made Scan Eagle drone.
The army spokesman also confirmed that the Yemeni Missile Force and Air Force participated in the liberation of al-Yatama, along with various units of the army, through launching strikes against the enemy military targets both inside the country and abroad.
He confirmed that the tribes of Jawf actively participated in the liberation of the Al-Yatama as well.