Coalition: Houthis targeting civilians to gain sympathy

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri. (SPA)

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri. (SPA)


Operation Decisive Storm strikes are based on accurate military information and all enemy targets are authentic and far removed from civilian areas.

This was disclosed by Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at the minister of defense’s office, at a daily press briefing in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Al-Assiri said that the Houthis will target any possible venue, including ones populated by civilians, to mislead public opinion. Al-Assiri was referring to reports about civilian casualties at Al-Mazraq refugee camp and a dairy factory at Al-Hodeida.

“The Houthis are now using dirty tricks and targeting civilians to gain sympathy, especially since they are losing ground,” he said.

He said it was confirmed that the weapons used to kill civilians at Al-Mazraq and Al-Hodeida were mortars belonging to the Houthis.

According to Al-Assiri, the coalition is in constant communication with the regular Yemeni Army, who are providing accurate information to the coalition about enemy targets.

Al-Assiri said the coalition is in touch with various humanitarian organizations to pave the way for them to provide assistance to affected civilians. However, he said, such assistance should reach the right and needy people.

He said the operation is now in its seventh day and has achieved set objectives.

He said the campaign is continuing in order to achieve its goals.


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