Coalition strikes Houthi missiles: spokesman

Saudi military spokesman Ahmed Asiri briefs journalists on the Saudi-led coalition's strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen, during a press conference, in Riyadh. (AP)

The Saudi-led coalition has so far destroyed in Yemen “80 percent” of Houthi ammunition and the threat from their “ballistic missiles” was “neutralized” after Operation Decisive Storm launched more than 106 airstrikes against the militias and their Yemeni army loyalists in the past 24 hours, the coalition’s spokesman said.

Saudi-led coalition forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said in a daily briefing on Sunday night that “the [Houthi] militias were preparing an attack on Saudi borders but they were stopped from advancing.”

Due to the air strikes, the Houthis no longer have a central communication command, making their attacks “isolated operations,” Asiri added.

“There are no connection between provinces, because all communication means were destroyed, leaving their operations isolated especially near the Suadi border,” he added.

Asiri said “workshops” used by the Houthis to manafacture arms were “completely destroyed.”

He said the Houthis had turned “houses, farms and caves” into storage and operation command places, while showing a black and white slide of an airstrike targeting a hotel-turned makeshift Houthi operation center.

“Notice one of the caves in northern Yemen in Saada. It was targeted yesterday,” he said. Saada is the northern stronghold region for the Iranian-backed militias.

Large amounts of work done by the coalition is seeing “tangible results on the ground,” the spokesman said, adding that the coalition's targets for the “first phase” of the operation were almost concluding.

Asiri added that “detailed coordination and intelligence work” and help from coalition partners as reasons for the progress made.

So far, the coalition has carried out more than 2,300 airstrikes since the operation against the Houthis began late last month.

In the past 24 hours, the airstrikes focused on storage depots for ballistic missiles in Saada city, according to the spokesman.

He also said Popular Committee members, volunteer groups backing the internationally recognized  government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, provided ground support for the coalition after strikes in the area of al-Anad in the southern Lahij governorate.

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