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‘Saudi royals, we will strike your palaces’, warns Yemeni General

Ayman Ahmed

General Yahya Sarea, spokesman for Yemeni armed forces, announced that Saudi royal palaces will be among the targets of the upcoming strikes.

Unlike the Saudis that have been deliberately targeting civilians in Yemen, the Yemeni general warned civilians dwelling near Saudi palaces to keep away from them.

General Sarea made the announcement at a press conference on July 7 during which he displayed a large quantity of US weapons captured from mercenary forces during the recent campaign in Marib and Al-Bayda.

The general also added that Yemeni forces had found a lot of weapons with the USAID logo in Al-Bayda governorate as well as other areas and fronts during the operations.

“USAID supports and funds foreign organizations working in Yemen to carry out their activities in local communities in a number of provinces. It has been playing intelligence role with human slogans, on relevant security bodies,” said General Sarea.

The Yemeni military spokesman went on: “SCMCHA [The Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation in Yemen] has to reveal and expose this [USAID] role.”

“Our forces have succeeded, with God’s help, in carrying out qualitative military operations focusing on sensitive targets.”

Not the bravest of people, the Saudi royals are reported to have gone into hiding in their underground bunkers after the Yemeni military spokesman’s announcement.

Both king Salman and his upstart son, Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) had already fled to palaces on remote islands off the coast of Jeddah following the coronavirus outbreak.

While they may be able to hide from the pandemic, Yemeni missiles are likely to find them in their palace bunkers.

Yemen’s revolutionary forces have in the past been able to fire missiles at Riyadh as well as Jeddah international airport causing panic among passengers.

Last September, Aramco storage facilities were hit causing massive damage, disrupting Saudi oil flows by 50%.

The Saudis launched the war on Yemen on March 26, 2015 in the mistaken belief that the Yemeni forces would crumble in a matter of weeks.

More than five years later, it is the Saudis that are on the verge of collapse.

Despite possessing US-supplied advance weapons, Saudi forces are incompetent and lack motivation.

Many have bulging bellies from overeating and suffer from diabetes. Such people cannot fight.

Inflicting cruel punishment on poor workers from third world countries is their favorite pastime but waging battle is not one of their strong points.

The Yemeni defenders have proved far more resilient than the Saudis thought despite killing nearly 100,000 civilians and starving more than one million Yemeni children.

The Saudis are looking for a face-saving way out of the Yemeni quagmire.

The Yemeni revolutionaries should not provide them one until the Saudis pay for war reparations for causing massive civilian casualties and destroying much of Yemen’s infrastructure.

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